Colorado forward Peter Mueller
was a late scratch for the Avalanche against the Vancouver Canucks
on Wednesday night with a torso injury.
Mueller, who has 5 goals and 7 points in his last nine games, missed practice in Colorado on Tuesday for what was described as a maintenance day. He took the pre-game skate Wednesday night before being scratched.
Mueller missed all of last season and 40 games this season because of a concussion. The 23-year-old returned to action on Jan. 12.
Colorado is also still without top forward Matt Duchene
, though he is travelling with the team and close to coming back from a Dec. 29 knee injury.