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Jones Expected To Return Saturday

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Winger David Jones practiced with the team today and will likely return to the lineup on Saturday when the Avalanche hosts the Los Angeles Kings at Pepsi Center.


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The Guelph, Ontario native suffered a bruised forearm during Monday’s game against the New York Rangers after being struck by a slap shot and subsequently sat out Thursday’s contest against the San Jose Sharks.

“It’s a little sore and a little swollen, but I feel pretty good,” said Jones. “The day after (the injury) it was fine, but the next day it swelled up. I’m just happy it’s not broken, but I think I’ll be good to go.”

Jones has totaled three points (2g/1a) in six games this season, all of which came during Colorado’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 12.

Meanwhile, captain Adam Foote is being listed as day-to-day after sustaining a concussion during the first period of last night’s game. Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco said that he believes Foote hit his head on the glass behind the Avalanche goal late in the opening frame.

Assistant captains Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny also weren’t on the ice today, but it was simply a maintenance day for the pair.

Everyone Pitching In
When Kyle Cumiskey scored a first-period goal Thursday against the San Jose Sharks, he became the 11th different Avalanche player to light the lamp this season.  That total ranks fourth in the league, as only Pittsburgh (13), Carolina (12) and the New York Islanders (12) have seen more players score a goal through Thursday’s games.

That particular statistic is a testament to the balance of the team.

“You obviously have your top scorers, but when they aren’t scoring it helps out a lot to have depth like we do,” said forward Brandon Yip. “We have a lot of players who can chip in offensively and also some good d-men who can jump up into the play. It’s huge, because it takes a lot of pressure off the top-line guys.”

Tomorrow’s contest will also feature the two youngest teams in the NHL (as of Thursday night), with Los Angeles holding an average age of 25.9 and Colorado coming in at 26.4. But that’s not where the similarities end between the two clubs.

Both teams can be categorized as young and exciting clubs on the rise with a solid core of talented players that should keep them in the mix for years to come.

“I think we’re really similar,” said Yip. “They’re a good young team as well. They work really hard, they’re gritty and they have some great young forwards up front. It should be a fun game.”

Hashtag Battle
The Avalanche hosted its Hockey Fights Cancer game on Thursday night, but the organization’s support for the cause isn’t ending there.

During Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, fans of the two teams will engage in the NHL’s first “Hashtag Battle” on Twitter. For each #GoAvs hashtag posted between the first puck drop and the game’s final buzzer, the Avalanche and Kroenke Sports Charities will make a $1 donation to cancer research (donation capped at $5,000).

Kings fans will also compete using their own unique hashtag, with the winner being determined by which team’s hashtag receives the most mentions.

Click here for more information on this unique initiative.

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