Goalie Philipp Grubauer
isn’t quite ready, so Adam Werner
will make his first NHL start Thursday when the Avalanche play in Edmonton.
Werner made 40 saves after relieving Pavel Francouz
(head injury) 31 seconds into the game Tuesday in his NHL debut, a 4-0 win in Winnipeg, the Avalanche’s third consecutive win. Antoine Bibeau
, who was recalled Wednesday from the Colorado Eagles is expected to be the backup.
Grubauer (lower-body injury) and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
(concussion protocol) took part in the morning skate. Coach Jared Bednar
told reporters that Bellemare, who was injured Saturday against Columbus, will be a game-time decision.
Defenseman Kevin Connauton
will make his Avalanche debut, replacing Mark Barberio
. Connauton was recalled from the Eagles on Tuesday.
The projected lineup:
Matt Calvert -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Dnskoi
Valeri Nichushkin -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- Andre Burakovsky
Jayson Megna -- Vladislav Kamenev -- T.J. Tynan
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Ian Cole -- Kevin Connauton