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Compher Out Indefinitely With Broken Thumb

The forward is among three Avs that are hurt

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche held an optional practice on Friday morning, with about 10 players taking the ice and going through drills with assistant coaches.

For the rest of the Avs, the day featured an off-ice workout or rest to heal from minor bumps and bruises.

However, some of those bumps are more serious than others as Colorado lost three players to injury on Thursday night in its 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

J.T. Compher's ailment appears to the be the most significant as he broke his thumb while attempting to block a shot midway through the second period. Head coach Jared Bednar said Friday that the rookie forward is out indefinitely.

"He's going to see the doc again today, a hand specialist, and see the next course of action," Bednar stated when updating Compher's status.

Compher recorded an assist against the Blues before departing Thursday's contest and now has a season total of four points (one goal and three assists) after eight games.

The Northbrook, Illinois, native is in his first full season with Colorado after he registered five points (three goals and two assists) in 21 contests late last year after being called up from the American Hockey League.

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Colorado's other two hurt skaters are rookie center Tyson Jost and defenseman Patrick Nemeth, both out with lower-body injuries.

Bednar said Jost will miss two to three weeks, but he is hopeful that Nemeth could play in the team's next game.

Jost, who has a goal and an assist in six contests this season, was out of the Avs lineup in their games last Friday and Saturday with a bone bruise on his leg.

Nemeth is also coming back from an injury as he hurt his shoulder last Friday in Dallas and missed Tuesday's outing in Nashville. He has three assists this year and leads the team with a plus-7 rating.

While injuries never come at the opportune times, a benefit for the Avs right now is that they're in a stretch where they can rest up and heal. The team has four days between games as it next plays the Dallas Stars at home on Tuesday night.

Bednar said the club will recall some players from the AHL's San Antonio Rampage, but it will wait until Sunday to do so.

San Antonio plays three games in three day against the rival Texas Stars beginning on Friday, and the Avs are going to see how some of their prospects perform in the first two outings before deciding on who to call up.

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