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Stastny to Undergo Surgery

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Following Sunday’s practice at Family Sports Center, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato updated the media on the injury status of center Paul Stastny.

The third-year pro will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured right forearm, and a timetable for his return will be announced following the procedure. Stastny suffered the injury during Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center after being struck by an Olli Jokinen shot.

“We’ll know more on Tuesday the length of how long he’ll be out,” said Granato, who hinted that the club was still hoping for the original estimation of a six-to-eight week recovery period.

In other injury news, forward Cody McCormick did not skate with the team today. It was revealed that McCormick has a fractured foot and had actually been playing through the injury recently.

“He got hit with a shot a few games back,” said Granato. “He’s going to be reevaluated by a doctor tomorrow, but we kept him off today.”

Nashville Next
The Avs hit the ice for practice Sunday, fresh off a 4-3 shootout win versus the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.

It was the second time this year the Avs have brushed off the formidable squad from the Motor City, but the club knows it simply has no time to reflect on the victory.

Play. Win. Get ready for the next one.

That was the attitude in Colorado’s locker room today as the Avalanche prepared for its next challenge - Monday’s game against the Nashville Predators. The contest will wrap up a three-game homestand for the Avs, who will then face the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., on New Year’s Eve.

“It was a big win and a great game. You have to give Detroit credit for battling back, but it was great to win that one,” said Hannan. “Still, it’s a big game tomorrow, just like the game after that. We have to keep winning to get in there, because we know where we want to be at the end of the year.”

A Closer Look
Tomorrow’s game will be the 39th all-time meeting between the Avalanche and Predators and the third of four contests between the clubs this season. The Avs earned a 1-0 win in Denver on Nov. 8 (with Peter Budaj pitching a 26-save shutout) before the Preds extracted a bit of revenge with a 3-2 triumph in Nashville on Dec. 4.

Colorado holds an 18-12-5-3 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The Avs and Predators have split their season series the past two years, with each team going 2-2-0 on its home ice during that span.

Aside from the recent back-and-forth series meetings the teams, Colorado and Nashville also find themselves in a tight battle for Western Conference seeding. The Avalanche (18-16-1) and Predators (17-14-3) each have 37 points, with Nashville having played one fewer game.

Budaj will once again start in goal for the Avalanche against Nashville…Forward Brian Willsie skated on his own this morning prior to the team’s official practice…Willsie – who has one assist in seven games this year – injured his knee in Colorado’s previous game against Nashville (Dec. 4) and is still listed as out indefinitely.

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