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Avalanche Starting To Get Healthy

Rookie J.T. Compher will return to the lineup on Thursday against San Jose

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--After Wednesday's practice at Family Sports Center, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar confirmed that rookie forward J.T. Compher will be back in his lineup on Thursday when the club hosts the San Jose Sharks.

The Avalanche suffered four injuries in the span of five games around the holidays, and Compher is the first of those players to return to game action.

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Compher Returns To Full Practice

The Avalanche rookie has missed the last six games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--J.T. Compher traded in his red, no-touch sweater for a regular practice jersey on Tuesday, as the Colorado Avalanche rookie forward took part in his first full team practice since getting hurt nearly three weeks ago.

"Overall, we're just going day-by-day, and it was nice to get a contact practice in today," Compher said following the session.

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Avs Look To Take Advantage Of Homestand

Colorado hosts Anaheim to begin last homestay until late February

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche's stretch of playing 12-of-15 games at Pepsi Center is nearing its end, but there is still work to be done and opportunities available for the club to pick up more points in its friendly confines.

Colorado takes on the Anaheim Ducks on Monday afternoon to begin a three-game homestand, which is the last time the team will play consecutive contests at home until the end of February. The Avs, who are on a season-long six-game winning streak, have won five straight at home and are 7-2-0 at Pepsi Center through the first nine games of the stretch.

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Avalanche Looking To Keep Rolling

Colorado has won its last five contests

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche aims to continue its winning ways on Saturday against the Dallas Stars as the club returns to action following its league-mandated five-day break.

Colorado's last contest was a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, and Dallas' previous outing was a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Both games occurred last Saturday, and the two teams have been on their annual bye ever since.

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Moving In The Right Direction

Colorado is 9-3-1 in its last 13 contests

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche is coming off of its fourth straight win, a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, and will look to extend its streak on Saturday versus the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota currently holds the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, and the Avalanche is just two points behind with a game in hand.

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Avs Turn To Bernier For Game Against Blue Jackets

Colorado also recalled Andrew Hammond after Semyon Varlamov's injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Goaltender Jonathan Bernier will play in his third straight game on Thursday night when the Colorado Avalanche hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at Pepsi Center, but the start likely wasn't scheduled in advance.

Bernier entered Tuesday night's outing versus the Winnipeg Jets with 5:45 left in the second period, nearly two hours after the team's warmup, and replaced starter Semyon Varlamov, who left with a lower-body injury. Bernier finished the contest and made 24 saves overall, including five in overtime, to help the Avalanche pick up the 3-2 victory against the Central Division-leading Jets.

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Youth Adds Vitality To Avs Roster

Colorado's current roster features six first-year skaters

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche has the third-youngest team in the NHL and is trying to take advantage of the energy its young players bring to the locker room.

"I think you watch them and how they are like sponges," captain Gabriel Landeskog said of his young teammates. "They want to learn. They are figuring out the systems and they are figuring out how to be successful in this league. I think that rubs off on a lot of guys and forces the rest of us to be the same way: to be sponges and learn and try to improve to move this group forward."

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Another Tough Task Ahead For Colorado

J.T. Compher could miss Sunday's game versus the New York Islanders

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche faced a tough offensive team in the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night and picked up an overtime win. The club's next opponent on the schedule will present a similar challenge as the Avalanche closes the 2017 calendar year against the New York Islanders on Sunday at Pepsi Center. 

New York is the second-highest scoring club in the NHL this season, averaging 3.5 goals per game, but that hasn't translated into many wins recently. The Islanders are 3-4-1 in their last eight contests, with each of those outings featuring at least five combined markers. 

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Colorado Returns To Practice After NHL Holiday Break

The Avalanche started a six-game homestand on Wednesday

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche held its first practice since the NHL Holiday Break at Family Sports Center on Thursday, a day after returning to action against the Arizona Coyotes.

The break in NHL action was from Dec. 24-26 and the Avs were one of the 22 teams that played on Wednesday, the first day back.

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Kerfoot Returns To Practice

The rookie forward was a full-participant in practice on Sunday

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Alexander Kerfoot was a full participant in the Avs practice on Sunday at Family Sports Center.

The center initially took the ice in a red, non-contact jersey prior to the start of the team session but quickly made the switch to a regular blue practice sweater after receiving approval from the training staff. He was also protecting his skates, and more importantly his feet, with shot blockers.

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