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Colorado Avalanche lines, D pairs, goalie for Jets tonight



Pavel Francouz Colorado Avalanche

Pavel Francouz gets the start for the Colorado Avalanche tonight in Winnipeg, against a Jets team whose playoff chances are on life support. That’s one of the storylines for the game, after a two-day break for the Avs.

Sam Girard is cleared to play again – but he won’t play tonight. As Jared Bednar said the other day, he wants to give him another day before returning. He is expected to play tomorrow night in Edmonton. Valeri Nichushkin will play, after missing one game with illness, the Avs said.

So, these look to be the lines and D pairs for tonight:








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