Dubnyk is 5-3-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 10 games against Colorado. The Oilers are 2-4-2 in the first eight games of their current nine-game trip which started Feb. 25 with a 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago.
Colorado right wing Milan Hejduk took part in the morning skate Tuesday and is expected to practice Wednesday. Hejduk is on injured reserve with a torso injury. He will miss his fifth consecutive game Tuesday, might be available for the Avs' game Thursday at the Minnesota Wild.
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Sharp will miss between three and four weeks with what coach Joel Quenneville said is an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche. Kane won’t need surgery, Quenneville said. Right wing Marian Hossa will play after missing Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury.
Duchene missed Tuesday's game at the San Jose Sharks because of a groin injury.
"I feel good to go," Duchene said Thursday morning after taking part in the pregame skate. "I felt like I had that step. The last game-and-a-half I felt pretty awful and I definitely feel better than that, so that's a positive. Let's hope it feels good throughout the game.
"I pushed it pretty hard (Thursday) and I'm usually pretty honest with myself. It's really hard for me to sit games out. Even last game it was really hard to be in the room just watching rather than being out there. It feels good enough to go, so that's the decision."
Halak is expected to start in goal against the Avalanche. He has missed eight games since suffering a groin injury in a Feb. 1 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Halak has a 2-2-1 record in eight career starts against Colorado with a 2.97 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, last season's Calder Trophy winner, skated for the sixth consecutive day Wednesday. He is expected to practice Friday -- the Avalanche aren't practicing Thursday -- and he might accompany the team on a three-game trip that begins Saturday at the Los Angeles Kings.
Landeskog will miss his 11th consecutive game Wednesday night since suffering head and leg injuries Jan. 26 on a hit by San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.
"It's been feeling better and better," Landeskog said in his first public comments since getting hurt. "The hands aren't quite there yet, the feet aren't quite there yet and my lungs aren't quite there yet, but I'm working on it."
Palushaj will make his Avalanche debut. He was claimed off waivers Feb. 5 from Montreal. Palushaj, 23, has one goal and four assists in 41 career NHL games. He had one goal and four assists in 38 games last season with the Canadiens, and 15 goals and 20 assists in 35 games with Hamilton in the American Hockey League.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres