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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Who’s left?

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Avalanche look to grab two points against the Rangers

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This is getting silly. Already without Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, Matt Calvert, Andre Burakovsky Colin Wilson and Cale Makar, the Colorado Avalanche lost superstar Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon left Monday night’s game in Los Angeles with a lower body injury and his status is now uncertain going forward. It sounds as though the injury is not serious, but that it could definitely keep him out of game action for a few games - particularly with the condensed schedule.

With a comfortable eight game lead over Dallas, the Avalanche don’t have to worry about losing home ice advantage in the first round so right now all they really have to play for is the top seed in the West. At this point, it’s better to err on the side of health and rest guys when possible.

The last time these two teams met, Igor Shesterkin put on a clinic in his first NHL start, backstopping the Rangers to a 5-3 victory.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

With all the injuries, Avalanche have recalled Martin Kaut on an emergency basis. He didn't play Monday night, but it sounds as though he will draw into the lineup against the Rangers. This would be his ninth game of the season, bringing him within one of burning the first year of his entry-level contract.

Nathan MacKinnon and Vlad Namestnikov were not on the ice today - not even with the injured guys.

Some good new has come, as Cale Makar appears to be back in the lineup tonight after missing the last five games.

Lines didn’t come out after practice, but it’ll be some combination of the following 12 forwards (the line up from Monday plus Kaut). Defense is intact, but they might have to run seven guys.

FORWARDS

Gabriel Landeskog - ??? - ???

Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Joonas Donskoi

Valeri Nichushkin - PE Bellemare - Matt Nieto

Sheldon Dries - Vladislav Kamenev - Logan O’Connor

Martin Kaut

DEFENDERS

Ryan Graves - Cale Makar

Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Nikita Zadorov

Mark Barberio - Kevin Connauton

NEW YORK RANGERS

New York comes into tonight's game having won a 4-2 decision in Dallas last night. with a hot February, the Rangers put themselves into the playoff picture, and now sit only three points out of an Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.

Mika Zibanejad has turned into a legitimate NHL star. He has 40 goals and 74 points in only 54 games and is having a breakthrough season reminiscent of what we saw from Mikko Rantanen a couple years ago.

FORWARDS

Phil Di Giuseppe - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Jesper Fast

Brett Howden - Filip Chytil - Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux - Greg McKegg - Julien Gauthier

DEFENDERS

Brendan Smith - Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal - Anthony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox

GOALTENDERS

Who cares who’s starting this one (It’s going to be Francouz vs Georgiev), this is the goalie news we really care about: