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Grubauer day to day for Avalanche with lower-body injury

Goalie won't play next two games, could join Colorado for road trip

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Philipp Grubauer is day to day for the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body injury.

The goalie aggravated the injury in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, when he made 34 saves and played the entire game.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Grubauer, who is 6-3-2 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 11 starts this season, would not be available against the Nashville Predators on Thursday (9 p.m .ET; ALT, FS-TN, NHL.TV) or the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

He could return for their five-game road trip that begins against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

"He tweaked it last game against Dallas, but something's been bugging him for a little bit," Bednar said. 

Pavel Francouz (2-2-0, 2.73 GAA, .919 save percentage) will start against the Predators. Adam Werner, who was recalled from Colorado of the American Hockey League, will be the backup.

Colorado, which is 0-4-1 in its past five games, was already without top-line forwards Mikko Rantanen (week to week) and Gabriel Landeskog (out indefinitely). Each has a lower-body injury.

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