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Avs pre-game notes: defensive pairings are suspect in Vancouver

After a disappointing loss at home on Sunday afternoon to Edmonton, the Colorado Avalanche are off to great-white north for a three-game road trip in Canada. This starts with a game in Vancouver on Tuesday night against the struggling Canucks.

You would think this should be an easy win for a more talented Avalanche team, but with injuries rattling the defensive core, it will be interesting to see how they attempt to shut down the younger talents the Canucks feature up front.

According to Adrian Dater from BSN Denver, the Avs will go with the following defensive pairings tonight:

Zadorov – Barrie
Girard – Nemeth
Warsofsky – Siemens

This means that Andrei Mironov will likely be a healthy scratch.

The forward lines have been mixed up a bit, according to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post:

Landeskog – MacKinnon – Rantanen
Nieto – Soderberg – Comeau
Bourque – Kerfoot – Compher
Wilson – Jost – Yakupov

Yakupov re-enters the lineup with Toninato being tonight’s healthy scratch. Yak will likely be put on the Avs second power play unit tonight.

Semyon Varlamov will be the starter in net, with Andrew Hammond backing him up. Jonathan Bernier is getting closer to returning to the ice, dealing with a concussion.

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