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Injured Avs Practice in Edmonton

Colorado continues road trip at the Oilers on Thursday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

EDMONTON, Alberta--Goaltender Philipp Grubauer and forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare continue to progress from their respective injuries as each player participated in the full on-ice session for the second straight day.

The Colorado Avalanche held a 30-minute practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton, with Grubauer and Bellemare being the only two of the team's current seven injured players to take the ice.

Grubauer has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, while Bellemare missed his first contest of the year on Tuesday at the Winnipeg Jets after being on the wrong end of an illegal hit from the Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno on Saturday that resulted in a three-game suspension. Head coach Jared Bednar said on Monday that Bellemare is in concussion protocol.

Bellemare wore a red, non-contact jersey during the drills and rotated in on a line with Vladislav Kamenev, Jayson Megna and T.J. Tynan.

Grubauer participated in the full practice after also taking part in the Avalanche's morning skate in Winnipeg. He also skated for a bit on Monday but didn't stay for the full-team session.

There was no update given on the status of goaltender Pavel Francouz, who left 31 seconds into the game against the Jets on Tuesday with a head injury. Francouz, Ian Cole and Nazem Kadri didn't take the ice on Wednesday, with the latter two given maintenance days.

Adam Werner made his NHL debut and finished the outing at Winnipeg by stopping all 40 shots in a 4-0 win, marking only the second shared team shutout in franchise history.

Logan O'Connor, who was called up on Monday with defenseman Kevin Connauton, practiced in replace of Kadri on a line with Valeri Nichushkin and J.T. Compher, but he won't be around for Thursday's contest at the Edmonton Oilers. The Avalanche reassigned O'Connor to the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles and recalled goaltender Antoine Bibeau on Wednesday afternoon.

Bibeau comes in as a reinforcement for the Avs' present goaltending situation with Grubauer and Francouz both out. Bibeau, who played in two NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-17, came to Colorado after being acquired in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 27 in exchange for Nicolas Meloche.

Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw) all remain on injured reserve and are not on the Avs' road trip at the present time.

Video: J.T. Compher on the Avs' recent play

Video: Andre Burakovsky after practice in Edmonton


72 Joonas Donskoi - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 37 J.T. Compher - 25 Logan O'Connor
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 95 Andre Burakovsky
12 Jayson Megna - 81 Vladislav Kamenev / 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare * - 36 T.J. Tynan

49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
7 Kevin Connauton - 44 Mark Barberio

30 Adam Werner
31 Philipp Grubauer
* non-contact participant

Did Not Practice: Ian Cole (maintenance), Pavel Francouz (head), Nazem Kadri (maintenance)
Not On Road Trip: Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw)

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