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Avs Return Home

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

News and notes from Colorado Avalanche practice.

The Colorado Avalanche finally returned to home ice on Tuesday, skating and working out at Family Sports Center for the first time since departing Colorado for a season-high seven-game road trip on Nov. 9.

The majority of the team spent time working out off the ice, but a handful of players—goaltender Reto Berra, forwards Alex Tanguay, Chris Wagner, Andreas Martinsen, Dennis Everberg and Jack Skille and defensemen Nate Guenin and Zach Redmond—donned skates and pads to run through shooting and passing drills with assistant coach Tim Army.

Tanguay (knee) was the lone player currently sidelined by injury to partake in the on-ice activities, though his return to action isn’t quite here, according to head coach Patrick Roy.

“Nothing new,” Roy said of the injured players. “For [John] Mitchell (oblique), he’s still day-to-day. [Ben] Street’s (chest) going to have his surgery today. [Brad] Stuart (back) is not close to a comeback, and Tanguay, I think we said three-to-six weeks. It’s probably going to be around there.”

Tanguay has been out of the lineup since Nov. 6 when he injured his knee in a game against the New York Rangers.

Next up for the Avalanche is two home games, against the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets, before the club hits the road again.

“If we play .571 on the road all year, that’d be a really good year on the road—like we did on that trip,” Roy said before shifting focus to performing at home. “We need to be good at home now. It’s always tough, the first game coming back from a long trip.”

The Avs will look to carry over Monday night’s strong performances from netminder Semyon Varlamov—who Roy said will start versus Ottawa—and the top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene.

“These three are eating a lot of minutes. They’re playing well. They possess the puck. It’s by far our best line,” Roy said of his No. 1 unit. “They seem to click well together.”

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

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