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Avalanche lineup for tonight against New York Islanders

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Jack Johnson will play in his 1,000th NHL game tonight, in the Avalanche home contest with the New York Islanders.

Johnson will join Adam Foote, Todd Gill, Milan Hejduk, Ian Laperriere, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Brad Stuart and Alex Tanguay as the only players to appear in their 1,000th NHL contest as a member of the Avalanche.

Kelsey Hammond will have a nice feature on JJ tonight. A lot of hockey media laughed when the Avs signed JJ to a PTO contract in training camp. They’re not laughing much anymore. He’s had a very good season. He’s just played simple, meat-and-potatoes hockey. He’s made the Avs’ defense bigger and tougher in front of the net. The Avs will have a short ceremony for JJ before the game. Players who hit 1,000 games traditionally get a silver stick from the team/league.

It should be a great night for a really good guy.

This should be the lines and D pairs for tonight. Jared Bednar continues to have Andre Burakovsky up on the first line, presumably to keep his current output (two goals in last two games) going. I’m going to assume Bednar will have Gabe Landeskog back with MacKinnon and Rantanen before too long.

The Avs, in my opinion anyway, have the division and Western Conference crown already locked up. So, this is a good time for Bedsy to experiment some. I agree with those, including colleague Terry Frei, who say the Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen line shouldn’t be messed with much longer.

The lines:

Burakovsky-MacKinnon-Rantanen

Landeskog-Kadri-Nichushkin

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O’Connor-Newhook-Compher

Helm-Jost-Kubel

D

Toews-Makar

J. Johnson-Girard

Murray-E. Johnson

Darcy Kuemper gets the start.

NOTEBOOK: So, Jost is back in after being scratched a game. MacDermid gets the scratch this time. … The Islanders’ Mat Barzal and Zdeno Chara were not at the morning skate today. Barzal, the Isles’ most talented forward, suffered a lower-body injury Sunday in San Jose. … Ilya Sorokin – not Semyon Varlamov – will start in goal for the Islanders. … Avs are -290 favorites to win the game, at SuperBook Colorado. … Bo Byram skated again this morning. Fingers crossed.

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Dan

Todd Gill got his 1,000 game and a couple more then was rewarded by being waived by the Avs a few days later.

Rick

I really like those lines. I’m sure Landy will end up with 29/96 at some point but he really fits well with 91/13, what a beast of D and skill that is for a second line. Come to think of it I like those pairs also. G is almost better on the right than he is on his natural side. I really, really like that goalie too.

Cale needs to find the net. Well, he probably won’t ‘need’ to but it would be nice.

shoresy

That second line is huge!

Jared Moss

Anybody else thinking maybe burky on top line is to get his numbers going to showcase for trade deadline…. maybe, maybe not either way he has got to keep the streak going

Jared Moss

Sorry really by showcase I meant get a couple points so we can offload his inconsistent butt lol

joshmishell

you spelled “burky is on the top line to get his groove back before the playoffs” wrong

CoMnAvsfan

Jack has been an unsung hero. My wife and I are huge fans. After what his parents did to him, everyone should be.

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