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Avalanche put Johnson on IR, recall Elliott

Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 2:51 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Avalanche put Johnson on IR, recall Elliott
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Erik Johnson on injured reserve today because of a groin injury and called up defenseman Stefan Elliott from the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League.

Elliott will be available for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. Elliott, 20, had two goals, seven assists and a plus-five rating with Lake Erie. He was a second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

These are the projected lineups for tonight’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center:


Ryan SmythRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle
Taylor HallShawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Ryan JonesEric BelangerSam Gagner
Darcy HordichukAnton LanderLennart Petrell

Ladislav SmidTom Gilbert
Theo PeckhamJeff Petry
Colten TeubertTaylor Chorney

Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in goal with Nikolai Khabibulin as the backup.


Matt DuchenePaul StastnyMilan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog – Ryan O’Reilly – Daniel Winnik
Cody McLeodTJ GaliardiDavid Jones
Kevin PorterJay McClementChuck Kobasew

Kyle Quincey, Shane O’Brien
Jan Hejda, Stefan Elliott
Ryan Wilson, Ryan O’Byrne

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal with Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the backup.
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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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