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Practice Report: Foote Out, McLeod In

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Veteran defenseman Adam Foote (head) did not practice with his teammates Friday at Family Sports Center and also did not accompany the team on its flight to Edmonton for Saturday’s game against the Oilers.

The defenseman was injured after absorbing a hit from Cal Clutterbuck in the first period of last night’s 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. Foote left the ice after the play and did not return to the game.

Foote could possibly join the Avalanche at some point during the club’s three-game road swing, which also includes stops in Vancouver and Minnesota.

McLeod Back In
Cody McLeod’s injured shoulder is healed to the point where he has been cleared to play in tomorrow’s match-up with the Oilers.

This morning the forward traded in the orange non-contact jersey he had been wearing recently in favor of a more traditional black practice sweater.

“I’ve taken some tough skates lately to get back in shape, and I’m ready to go,” McLeod stated following practice.

McLeod last suited up on March 4 versus Detroit, when he misfired on an attempt to hit forward Mikael Samuelsson and crashed into the boards, suffering the injury. He leads the club in penalty minutes (132), ranks fifth in goals (12) and has totaled 17 points in 65 games this season.

McCormick Suspended
On Friday the National Hockey League suspended forward Cody McCormick for two games as a result of a high sticking incident that occured during Thursday's game against Minnesota.

McCormick was assessed a double minor for high sticking forward Cal Clutterbuck at 11:47 of the second period.

McCormick will miss Saturday’s game at Edmonton and Sunday's contest against Vancouver. He will be eligible to return March 17 when the Avalanche faces the Wild in Minnesota.  

Budaj vs. Edmonton
Peter Budaj will make his fourth consecutive start tomorrow when the Avs and Oilers tangle in Edmonton. The netminder has posted a 2-1 record in his last three outings, which includes victories over Chicago and Minnesota.

Hendricks Reassigned
The Avalanche has reassigned forward Matt Hendricks to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Recalled from Lake Erie on March 9, Hendricks skated in two games with Colorado, totaling three shots on goal and two penalty minutes. The Blaine, Minn., native made his NHL debut on March 10 against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Hendricks rejoins a Lake Erie squad in the middle of a heated battle for a berth in the AHL Playoffs. Prior to his recall, the forward had notched seven goals in his last seven contests for the Monsters.

Chasing Down a Legend
New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur is on the brink of history. Brodeur picked up his 550th career victory last night in a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving him one shy of tying legendary Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy’s record of 551 wins.

The 36-year-old’s quest to tie Roy continues in storybook fashion on Saturday. The Devils will play in Brodeur’s hometown of Montreal – the same city where Roy picked up the first 289 wins of his NHL career before being acquired by the Avalanche during the 1995-96 campaign.

If Brodeur is able to pull out win number 551 tomorrow against the Canadiens, one of the most storied records in hockey could change hands when New Jersey plays host to the Chicago Blackhawks this coming Tuesday.
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