With Adam Foote (leg) already sidelined for Wednesday night’s game against Minnesota, the Avalanche suffered another pair of injuries during the contest.
It was revealed on Thursday that defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (head) and forward T.J. Galiardi (wrist) will both be out indefinitely.
Cumiskey had recently returned from a 34-game absence following an Oct. 30 concussion. He was injured on his fifth shift of the evening when he was hit by Minnesota forward Eric Nystrom behind the Avalanche net and went awkwardly into the boards. The blueliner left the game after the incident and did not return.
Galiardi, meanwhile, suffered his wrist injury with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. The winger missed 17 games (Nov. 12-Dec. 15) earlier this season after sustaining a wrist injury on Nov. 9 against the Calgary Flames.
In other news, Peter Budaj will start in goal for the Avalanche during Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Budaj came on in relief of netminder Craig Anderson on Wednesday and stopped all seven shots he faced in 28:22 of action.
Budaj has started both of Colorado's games against Columbus this season, making 33 saves during a 5-1 victory on Oct. 30 at Pepsi Center and then turning aside 28 shots in a 5-1 triumph on Nov. 12 at Nationwide Arena.