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Josh Manson Out Week To Week; Avalanche Lineup For Showdown With Boston

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BOSTON – We hinted at this the other night, when he didn’t play at all in the third period in Buffalo. Just now, here at TD Garden, it was made official by the Avalanche: Defenseman Josh Manson will be out “week to week” with a lower-body injury. Add another player to the injured list pile.

Andreas Englund will be Manson’s replacement in the Avalanche lineup, with the defending Stanley Cup champs playing a Boston team that is 19-3-0, including 13-0-0 at home.

Pavel Francouz gets the start in goal for the Avalanche. No word yet on the Bruins’ starter.

The loss of Josh Manson won’t make tonight’s task – pinning the Bruins’ first home defeat on them – any easier. Former DU coach Jim Montgomery is definitely your early leader in the clubhouse for the Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year. The Bruins have been dominant at both ends of the ice, with Linus Ullmark having a terrific year in goal. He’s got a .935 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against. His save percentage leads the league for all goalies with 15 or more games played.

David Pastrnak has 32 points (14 goals) in 22 games for the Bruins.

Of course, the Avalanche have a few good players too, despite all the injuries. Nathan MacKinnon is coming off a five-game game in Buffalo and there’s a guy named Cale Makar, who played some college hockey not far from here, who can make a difference at times out there.

Martin Kaut is back with the Avalanche, as we reported yesterday, but it’s unclear if he’ll be in the lineup or not tonight. He was the only position player who stayed late after the morning skate, so he might be a scratch for tonight.

J.T. Compher and Cale Makar did not take part in the skate, but it was just for maintenance reasons.

Some video from the scene:

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Kirk W Drotar

Hi,
Enjoy COLHOCKEYNOW,Always good reading,TY – Kirk
Do you have the projected Lines for the game you are writing about above.

Glendon Gulliver

The Avs are now without their entire 2nd line and 2nd d-pairing. Add that Maltsev is out for 2 months, so Megna now looks to be the 4C until Helm returns.

It will be intersting to see the lineup and who plays where. Will the 2nd d-pairing be Johnson and Girard with the 3rd pairing be MacDonald and Englund? Which 2 of the 3, Kaut, Blidh, or Foudy, will play?

I would also like to see Galchenyk play 3C, with Newhook on the wing. Discipline, tough defense, and not taking penalties is what the Avs need.

Jordan

If Kaut is in and Blidh out, you would probably want Kaut on the third line with Foudy and Newhook because he is better checking at both sides of the ice than Galchenyuk, so you want him getting more time than Galchenyuk. Plus, he has developed some good chemistry with Newhook that Galchenyuk doesn’t have yet

Jordan

Ideally, Kaut will be in and Blidh will be out, and Galchenyuk slides down to the 4th line while Kaut takes his place on the wing with Newhook and Foudy on the 3rd line (assuming the Compher line remains the 2nd line)

Joel Stefaniak

Feels like a perfect day for a bruins home loss.

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