Game 5 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Golden Knights - BlueJackets.com
|BlueJackets.com 08 Jun 2021 at 20:17|
There could be some lineup changes tonight for the Colorado Avalanche when it takes on the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of their second-round matchup at Ball Arena. The best-of-seven series is tied at 2-2.
Head coach Jared Bednar said Logan O Connor is "game ready" and is an option to return to the lineup. The winger last played on March 31 and has been recovering from surgery due to a lower-body injury.
O Connor played in 22 contests this year, recorded three goals and two assists with a plus-6 rating. He has five NHL playoff outings under his belt, all of which came in Round 2 of the 2020 postseason against the Dallas Stars, and has one assist in those games.
Forwards J.T. Compher and Kiefer Sherwood did not participate in morning skate, though head coach Jared Bednar said both are healthy and available. Defenseman Erik Johnson was on the ice for the session, but he is not an option for the contest, per Bednar.
Bednar also noted that there could be some line shuffling amongst the forwards.
"We ll try and take advantage of some positive numbers on our side and we mixed up our lines a little bit to do that," said the bench boss. "We ve got some guys playing real well, we got some other guys that are still trying to find their game in the series and we re going to be moving some things around to try and be neutral in some cases and positive in some other ones for sure."
Philipp Grubauer is expected to be in net. He has a .929 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against average through eight games of the postseason.
Below is the Avalanche s projected lineup based on the start of Game 4 on Sunday. The forward combinations and defensive pairings are expected to change.