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UPDATED Colorado Avalanche Game Day: You Again?

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Time to play the Blackhawks again.

Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche battles for the puck with Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Who: Chicago Blackhawks (14-16-6) @ Colorado Avalanche (22-10-3)
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Puck drop: 7:00 pm MT
Watch: Altitude

After beating the Hawks 4-1 on the road in front of the Wednesday Night Hockey national audience, the last place team in the Central Division is back for more, this time in Denver. The Avalanche didn’t play their best in the win against Chicago, but they didn’t need to as the Avs had enough talent to out-gun the Hawks.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche do have a bit of a patchy situation on defense, with the group struggling in their own end. Nikita Zadorov was benched in the third against Carolina, and while Erik Johnson is back, he’s the only natural right-hander on the roster. I’m not quite sure how they’ll line up tonight. Please get well soon, Cale Makar.

The defense pairings are not quite settled yet, and they might not settle in until game time.

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Joonas Donskoi - Nazem Kadri - Andre Burakovsky
Matt Nieto - P.E. Bellemare - Matt Calvert
Tyson Jost - J.T. Compher - Valeri Nichushkin

Defense

Ryan Graves - Samuel Girard
Nikita Zadorov - Ian Cole
Anton Lindholm - Erik Johnson


Chicago Blackhawks

Here are the Hawks lines from their last game. Not many changes at forward, but the defense sees top pick Adam Boqvist on the first pair with Duncan Keith.

Forwards

Kubalik-Toews-Sikura
Nylander-Strome-Kane
DeBrincat-Dach-Carpenter
Smith-Kampf-Highmore

Defense
Keith-Boqvist
Murray-Gustafsson
Maatta-Gilbert


The Goalies

Philipp Grubauer is confirmed to be between the pipes. Robin Lehner is the started for the Blackhawks tonight.