Avalanche at the Capitals – .

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Avalanche at the Capitals – .


Nathan MacKinnon is back and will play his first game of the season tonight with the Colorado Avalanche against the Washington Capitals after receiving two negative COVID tests and being cleared of protocol.
The striker flew to the nation’s capital on Monday night to join the Avs on their three-game road trip. Jack Johnson was also removed from the list of COVID protocols before the teams flew Monday morning and is available to play.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss tonight’s game against the Caps as he wraps up his two-game suspension for taking Kirby Dach on opening night of the Avalanche against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Before Martin Kaut and Mikhail Malstev were recalled from Avs American Hockey League affiliate Colorado Eagles on Monday to join the road team while Dylan Sikura was reassigned to the Eagles.
Head coach Jared Bednar said after training this morning that the team will use 11 forwards and seven defenders for the game at Capital One Arena with Jayson Megna being scratched. With 11 forwards, the lines are likely to be mixed and matched throughout the contest

Defender Devon Toews is also traveling this week although he cannot play as he is still a contactless participant.

Stephane Matteau will be out for “weeks” with a lower body injury he sustained in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Valery Nichushkin sidelined week after week with an upper body injury and a goalie Pavel Francouz is out three to four weeks after sustaining a lower body injury in a pre-season game.

Darcy Kuemper was the first goalkeeper to come out of the Avs morning practice rink and is set to start tonight.

Colorado’s projected lineup is below. Forward combinations and defensive pairs are subject to change.

Before

95 André Bourakovsky – 29 Nathan MacKinnon – 96 Mikko Rantanen
75 Sampo Beach – 91 Nazem Kadri – 37 JT compiler
43 Darren Helm – 17 Tyson Jost – 25 Logan O’Connor
11 Mikhaïl Malstev – 61 Martin Kaut

Defenders

49 Samuel Girard – 8 Cale Makar
4 Bowen Byram – 6 Erik Johnson
3 Jack Johnson – 28 Ryan Murray
56 Kurtis MacDermid

Goalkeepers

35 Darcy Kuemper
31 Jonas Johansson

Stripe: Jayson Megna
Injury report: Pavel Francouz (lower body), Stefan Matteau (lower body), Valeri Nichushkin (upper body), Devon Toews (upper body)

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