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Practice Report: Injury Updates

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
A day after forgoing a formal practice in favor of an off-ice workout, the Avalanche was back on the ice Saturday morning at Family Sports Center. The Avs will board a plane following practice and head to San Jose, where they will face the Sharks tomorrow night.

Sunday’s contest will be the third of four between the clubs in 2008-09, and the first at HP Pavilion. The Sharks took a 5-3 decision from the Avs on Nov. 2 and then blanked Colorado by a 3-0 score on Jan. 27.

Injury Report
Defenseman Ruslan Salei (foot) is day-to-day and could make his return to the lineup Sunday against the Sharks. Salei has missed Colorado’s last two games after injuring his foot while blocking a shot on March 15 at Vancouver.

Rookie forward Chris Stewart, who suffered a head injury during Thursday’s game against Edmonton, will not play Sunday and is listed as being out indefinitely. 

Otherwise, not much has changed on the Avalanche’s injury front.

Defensemen Adam Foote (head) and Daniel Tjarnqvist (forehead) remain out indefinitely. Paul Stastny (foot) and Darcy Tucker (back) are day-to-day, but won’t make the trip.

Sakic Skates Again
Avalanche captain Joe Sakic skated again prior to Colorado’s practice this morning. It marked the third straight day on the ice for Sakic, who last played on Nov. 28 against the Phoenix Coyotes and underwent back surgery on Jan. 7. He has missed a total of 57 games this season due to injuries.

Sakic skated on his own yesterday while the club held its off-ice workout. Today, the 20-year NHL veteran made a few laps around the ice and also took a handful of shots.
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