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Rink Notes: Stastny "Hopeful" For Sunday

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
T.J. Galiardi’s return to the ice Friday night against the Ottawa Senators was a welcome sight, and it’s possible the Avalanche could get another key player back for Sunday’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center.

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Avalanche center Paul Stastny (upper back) went through a full practice with the team on Saturday morning, and was not wearing a non-contact jersey while doing so.

Following the skate, Stastny noted that he is “hopeful” of playing Sunday against Montreal, but the decision on his status will ultimately come tomorrow morning.

The assistant captain was injured Wednesday in Chicago when he was on the receiving end of a Bryan Bickell hit and fell awkwardly into the boards. Stastny, who downplayed the hit by Bickell, missed last night’s game against Ottawa. In his absence, Galiardi moved into the center slot between David Jones and Kevin Porter.

Other Injury News
Avalanche assistant captain Milan Hejduk did not skate today. The veteran winger, out since leaving Colorado’s Dec. 10 contest in Atlanta with a groin injury, has missed four consecutive games. Hejduk was leading the team with 31 points (11g/20a) in 28 games at the time of his injury.

A groin ailment also kept Cody McLeod off the ice this morning. The forward left Friday’s game late in the second period because of the injury. McLeod, who is considered day-to-day, saw just 4:14 of ice time but did score his fourth goal of the season midway through the second frame.

Also, defensemen Ryan O’Byrne, Adam Foote and John-Michael Liles and forward Tomas Fleischmann didn’t practice today, but it was considered a maintenance day for the four players.

Toys For Tots Drive On Sunday
The Colorado Avalanche is once again partnering with the United States Marine Corps this season for the annual Toys For Tots holiday toy drive.

Join the U.S. Marines and help thousands of needy children by supporting this worthy cause. If you would like to contribute, please bring a new, unwrapped toy or a cash contribution to the Avalanche game against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Click here for more information on Toys for Tots or to make a donation.
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