The Colorado Avalanche recalled defenseman Ray Macias from the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) on Tuesday. The blueliner is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, replacing the injured Brett Clark (hand).
Avalanche head coach Tony Granato first reported Clark's injury following Tuesday's practice at Family Sports Center.
“Clarky has an injury and will not play tomorrow,” said Granato. “It’s going to be indefinite.”
Macias will become the ninth Colorado player to make his NHL debut this year, the most in a single season in Avalanche history. The Avs had eight players make their debut in 1998-99.
The 22-year-old Macias has totaled 18 points (3g/15a) with a +6 plus/minus rating in 36 games for the Monsters this season. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Macias also suited up in eight games for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL earlier this season, recording a goal and five assists.
Macias was Colorado’s sixth selection (fourth round, 124th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Wolski Still Out Granato also noted following Tuesday's skate that center Wojtek Wolski is still battling an illness and will not suit up against the Coyotes. Otherwise, Granato said the team’s injury situation remains essentially the same.
Raycroft to Start Andrew Raycroft will be in goal for the Avs on Wednesday. The netminder has faced the Coyotes once this year, helping the Avs earn a 5-4 overtime victory on Dec. 23 by stopping 19-of-23 shots.