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Zadorov Out For The Season With Ankle Injury

Erik Johnson and Rene Bourque are progressing

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

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Avs Balance Rest And Practice During Busy Stretch

Colorado practiced for the first time in a week due to tough schedule

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

BUFFALO, N.Y.--Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has had to find the right blend of rest and practice with his club having played four contests in the last seven days and with two more coming up before the end of the week.

The Avs are three games into a five-game road trip and close out the trek out east with a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday at the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. In preparation for that, Colorado held nearly an hour-long practice on Wednesday afternoon at KeyBank Center, this despite playing the night before in New Jersey.

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Colorado Has Plenty Of Motivation

The Avalanche looks to extend its winning streak as it prepares for Penguins

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Finding motivation isn't hard for captain Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche as they prepare to host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The defending Stanley Cup champions make their only visit to Pepsi Center on Thursday night, and Colorado is looking for its second victory against Pittsburgh and first three-game winning streak of the season. There is also a milestone that Landeskog's peer on the Penguins is close to reaching.

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Tyutin Practices, Questionable For Tuesday

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Rene Bourque on Tuesday as the club takes on the visiting Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center, head coach Jared Bednar revealed following practice on Monday.

Barrie, who is nursing a lower-body injury, skated on his own prior to Colorado's on-ice group work, but he still isn't ready to return to action. The 25-year-old rear guard last played in the team's back-to-back set in California, but he has been unavailable since then.

Bourque, who left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period after taking a high hit from blueliner Brayden McNabb, is progressing, according to Bednar.

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Barberio Gets His Chance In Colorado

The defenseman was picked up off waivers on Thursday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Mark Barberio is ready to make an impact with his new club.

Picked up on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the newly-acquired Colorado Avalanche defenseman was on the ice at Family Sports Center nearly 24 hours later, taking part in his first practice with the squad.

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Avs Hitting Road With Pickard-Martin Tandem

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The All-Star break is over and the Colorado Avalanche got in a practice ahead of Tuesday's matchup at the Anaheim Ducks, but the composition of the club is different following Thursday's news that netminder Semyon Varlamov is done for the season following hip surgery to repair his injured groin.

"We know he's done for the season. We're looking forward to getting a healthy Varly for next year," head coach Jared Bednar said following Monday's skate. "We need him to take care of that problem so he can get back in the net and find some consistency to his game.

"We'll see how that goes over the course of the rest of the season and summertime, and then hopefully he gets a jump start on his training."

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Barrie, Bourque Placed On IR

Jim O'Brien recalled from San Antonio

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Injuries are starting to pileup for the Colorado Avalanche.

The team announced Tuesday that forward Jim O'Brien was recalled from the San Antonio Rampage to provide support while defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Rene Bourque are sidelined with lower-body injuries.

Although both Barrie and Bourque are considered day-to-day, each was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, retroactive to Jan. 17 and 19, respectively.

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Varlamov Sidelined Through All-Star Break

Spencer Martin recalled from San Antonio

by Nicole Morris / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche announced today that goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out of the lineup until after the All-Star break.

Concern for the Russian netminder's complete recovery from a nagging groin injury has lead to him being shut down by head coach Jared Bednar. 

"This is no longer a day-to-day thing, it has happened too much," Bednar said of Varlamov's struggles to fully recover. "It has obviously affected his ability to get in a rhythm and play well for us. Staying healthy, I'm sure has a large part to do with that."

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Avs Focusing On The Process

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Focusing on the process and making progress is all the Colorado Avalanche can do right now.

There's no point in looking at the standings and nothing to gain from worrying about how other teams are going to play. The Avalanche wants to improve and that will only come from within.

"I think what's important for us at this point in the season, [we] just got to focus on how we play and how we prepare and focus on the process, really," team captain Gabriel Landeskog said following Monday's practice. "You look at the standings, you're going to get discouraged. We all know what the standings look like at this point, but we just got to focus on how we play and the way we prepare ourselves and the way we try to change the culture in this dressing room."

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Avalanche Tweaks Lines Looking For Offense

Colorado players respond to the Cody McLeod trade

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche struggling on offense this season isn't anything new. With a team that has plenty of skill and talent to score, the continuous lack of consistency with goals has been somewhat perplexing.

The Avs have been getting some production recently from their top line with Nathan MacKinnon at center and Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen on the wings, but not much else on the roster. In an attempt to try and spread some of that offensive love around, the team made a slight revision to its top two lines at Friday's practice.

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