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Lindholm Showing Promise

The rookie rear guard is making a strong case

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It's only been four games, but Anton Lindholm is showing a certain sort of promise for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman was recalled on March 13 and made his NHL debut on the 15th against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. Since then, he's continued to impress those keeping an eye on him.

"I really like what I see. I think he's a real competitive kid, and he skates real well," Avs head coach Jared Bednar said. "So you put those two things together, and he's an aggressive defender. If he's making a mistake, it's an aggressive mistake. He closes quickly, he's physical. He's got that edge to him. Again, the skating really helps him set tight gaps and be difficult to play against.

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Nieto Could Return Versus Detroit

The forward missed Wednesday's game with a knee injury

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Nieto could be back in the lineup on Saturday as the Avs take on the Detroit Red Wings in the visiting club's last-ever game at Joe Louis Arena.

Nieto, acquired off waivers by the Avalanche on Jan. 5, missed Wednesday's contest with a minor knee injury that he said happened in Monday's match at the Arizona Coyotes.

"I went into the boards hard against Arizona there," he said following practice on Friday. "I was able to finish the game, but afterward [there were] after effects, swelling and all of that damage, tissue damage. The trainers did a good job of taking care of me, and I'm ready to go for tomorrow."

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Lindholm Ready To Make NHL Debut

The Swedish defenseman was recalled from San Antonio on Monday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--When Anton Lindholm arrived at Family Sports Center Tuesday and took part in his first Colorado Avalanche regular-season practice, he didn't give much thought about his possible NHL debut on the horizon.

Following his hour-plus session on the ice and meeting with the coaching staff, the Swedish defenseman learned his first contest will be Wednesday night when the Avs take on the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. 

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A Little Win Can Go A Long Way

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--There's something about winning that makes life a little bit sweeter.

The air seems fresher to breathe, the world appears a little bit brighter and things just generally feel easier and more weightless.

That isn't a feeling that the Colorado Avalanche has had much of lately, and although it was only a single victory--3-1 over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes--the team still carried that special sensation with it into practice on Wednesday.

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Pickard To Start In His Hometown

The Winnipeg-raised goalie gets the nod against the Jets

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--Goaltender Calvin Pickard will make his second career start in his hometown when the Colorado Avalanche closes its three-game road trip on Saturday at the Winnipeg Jets, according to head coach Jared Bednar.

Pickard, who was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, but spent most of his childhood years in Winnipeg, started Colorado's only other contest in Manitoba's capital city this year, making 26 saves in a 4-1 loss on Dec. 18.

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Avalanche Ready To Move Forward With Current Group

Colorado players respond to the day's trades

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

OTTAWA, Ontario--As the Colorado Avalanche players took the ice at Canadian Tire Center on Wednesday afternoon, there was a sense of relief among the group. The NHL Trade Deadline had passed 30 minutes earlier and most the squad was still intact.

However, the two players that were absent from the hour-long session were forwards Jarome Iginla and Andreas Martinsen, both of whom were off to new clubs. Colorado acquired forward Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens for Martinsen and nabbed a conditional fourth-round 2018 draft selection from the Los Angeles Kings for Iginla.

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Avs Focusing On What They Can Control

For the club, it's preparing for Tuesday game at Philly

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Control what you can control.

That's a lesson for both life and sport, and it's a mantra that the Colorado Avalanche has to embrace this week more than ever.

When a team struggles, trade rumors are as inevitable as a Zamboni making the ice fresh at intermission. They're nothing new to the Avs at this point, but that doesn't mean it is easy to handle, especially with the March 1 NHL trade deadline very nearly upon them

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Johnson, Bourque Returning Saturday

Both players are expected to play versus Buffalo

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche will have two players back in the lineup when the team takes the ice against the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Pepsi Center on Saturday night.

Defenseman Erik Johnson (broken leg) and forward Rene Bourque (head/neck) will both return from their respective injuries after lengthy absences.

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Johnson Could Return Saturday Against Sabres

The Avalanche defenseman has missed the last 35 games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Defenseman Erik Johnson knows what the deal is for a professional hockey player. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your body for the good of the team.

That's what he did when he blocked a Tyler Seguin slap shot in front of the net during the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 3. Johnson denied the chance and the Avs soon cleared puck, but he broke his fibula in the process and has been on the shelf ever since.

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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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