After taking Monday off, the Avalanche practiced on Tuesday before catching a flight to Ottawa. There, the club will begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Senators.
Canada’s capital hasn’t been particularly hospitable to visiting clubs this season, as the Senators have recorded the third most home points in the NHL (31) by posting a 14-5-3 mark at Scotiabank Place.
Despite several key injuries – including those of the long-term nature to captain Daniel Alfredsson and forward Jason Spezza – Ottawa has gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 home games.
“I think a lot of times it can make a team more dangerous when they’re missing their top guys,” said defenseman John-Michael Liles. “In those cases, everybody seems to kind of pick up the slack. They’ve done a great job with some of their guys out of the lineup. I think it speaks to how deep they are as a team.”Cumiskey, Svatos Both Traveling
While the Senators have been losing players to injury, the Avalanche is starting to get healthy.
Following Tuesday’s practice, Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco
noted that both defenseman Kyle Cumiskey and forward Marek Svatos will join the team on its three-game road trip.
“Cumiskey and Svatos are both available,” said Sacco. “They’ve both been cleared to play. I’ll make my decision either tonight or tomorrow morning as far as what I’m going to do with the lineup.”
Sacco did tip his hand a bit, saying that he’s leaning toward playing Cumiskey tomorrow in Ottawa.
“It’s going to be a tough choice,” said Sacco. “He’s a guy who was playing extremely well for us before his injury. He brings a lot of speed and has the ability (to help us) spend less time in our zone because of his quickness.”Budaj, Holos Receive Olympic Nods
Avalanche netminder Peter Budaj was among the 23 players named today to Slovakia’s preliminary roster for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Budaj was one of three goalies named to the preliminary roster, joining Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens and Rastislav Stana, who plays for the Severstal Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League.
“It means a lot, obviously. It’s a great, great honor to represent your country,” said Budaj. “The best players in the world will be there. I’m just happy to be representing my country and the Colorado Avalanche.”Click here for more information on Budaj’s selection.
In addition, Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos
was named to Norway's preliminary roster for the Olympic Winter Games. It will be the first Olympic appearance for the 22-year-old defenseman, who has previously represented his home country at four IIHF World Championships, as well as the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship.Peltier Reassigned
With Cumiskey ready to make his return, the Avalanche reassigned defenseman Derek Peltier to the Lake Erie Monsters on Monday.
Peltier was recalled by the Avalanche on Dec. 12, but did not see game action. The Plymouth, Minn., native made his NHL debut in 2008-09 by appearing in 11 games for Colorado.