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Avs Refresh In Calgary

The Avalanche prepares for its Saturday game versus the Flames

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CALGARY, Alberta--Sometimes the best method to rinse away a tough defeat is to just get back on the ice.

The Colorado Avalanche looked to accomplish that on Friday afternoon at its practice at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Avs were coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at the Edmonton Oilers the night before in a game that they were able to erase a two-goal deficit but ultimately came up short in earning two points in the standings.

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Johnson, Lindholm Out Indefinitely With Upper-Body Injuries

Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are both out indefinitely

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche finished its contest against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday without defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm as both rear guards suffered upper-body injuries in the contest. There is not a timetable on when they could return to action.

"They are both out indefinitely. I don't have a timeline on it," head coach Jared Bednar said after the team's optional practice at Family Sports Center on Monday.  

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MacKinnon To Return Sunday Against Oilers

The Avalanche forward has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The wait is over. MacK is back.

Nathan MacKinnon will return to the Colorado Avalanche's lineup for Sunday's game versus the Edmonton Oilers after being out for nearly three weeks.

Head coach Jared Bednar confirmed after Saturday's practice at Family Sports Center that the Colorado center will suit up for the Sunday matinee. MacKinnon missed eight full contests with an upper-body injury.

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Comeau, MacKinnon Return To Practice

Comeau could play in Winnipeg, MacKinnon questionable for Edmonton

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Some familiar faces returned as full participants to the Colorado Avalanche's on-ice session at Family Sports Center on Thursday.

Colorado forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Blake Comeau partook in the team's optional practice before the Avs departed for a one-game trip to the Winnipeg Jets.

Comeau has missed three contests after he suffered a lower-body injury at the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 8, and MacKinnon has been out since Jan. 30 with an upper-body ailment.

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Avs Aim For More Than Just Surviving

Nathan MacKinnon is making progress from his injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Surviving is not enough for the Colorado Avalanche.

While the team has faced a rash of injuries recently, the Avs don't have time to wait until everyone is healthy to make a run to secure a playoff position.

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Colorado Gears Up For Three-Game Trip

The Avs are in a stretch that has them playing 13-of-16 on the road

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENNTENIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche held an optional practice at Family Sports Center on Wednesday morning before hitting the road for a three-game road trip.

The stint away from Pepsi Center starts at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and concludes with a back-to-back set at the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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Rantanen Questionable Against Sharks

The Avs right wing didn't practice on Monday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche might be without another forward on its top line when the team returns home to face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Mikko Rantanen missed Monday's practice and is questionable for the club's first game at Pepsi Center since Jan. 20. The right wing took a maintenance day, and head coach Jared Bednar said, "he's banged up a little bit."

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MacKinnon Returns To Denver For Evaluation

The Avalanche center is day-to-day after getting hurt in Tuesday's game at Vancouver

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has returned to Denver to have his upper-body injury further examined and won't play Thursday versus the Edmonton Oilers.

Head coach Jared Bednar said on his weekly radio show with Altitude Sports AM 950 on Wednesday morning that MacKinnon is listed as day-to-day.

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Avs Use All-Star Break To Get Healthy

Barrie and Varlamov were full participants in practice, Compher and Wilson returned from illnesses

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The NHL All-Star Break came at a good time for the Colorado Avalanche as it gave the club time between games for its players to get healthy.

Colorado had four injured players and two skaters out with illnesses in its last outing before the break, a 3-1 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

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Avs Look To Finish Homestand Strong

Colorado has played 11 of its last 14 games at Pepsi Center

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche will look to continue its consistent play Saturday afternoon as it wraps up a three-game homestand against the New York Rangers.

The contest will be the 15th in a stretch that had Colorado play 12-of-15 games at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche has gone 9-2-0 through the first 11 outings in the Mile High City and 11-2-1 overall during the stretch.

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