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Avalanche's Charles Hudon: Back with Avalanche
Hudon was called up from AHL Colorado on Tuesday.
Hudon was briefly sent down following Monday's game versus Philadelphia. He was credited with seven shots on goal and two hits in 15:25 of ice time during his Avalanche debut.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Charles Hudon: Heads to minors
Hudon was assigned to AHL Colorado on Tuesday.
Colorado is currently dealing with a ton of injuries up front, so Hudon could be right back with the big club as soon as Wednesday for a matchup with the Bruins. Hudon picked up seven shots on goal in 15:25 of ice time in his lone appearance with the Avalanche this season Monday against the Flyers.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Andreas Englund: Demoted to AHL
Englund was assigned to AHL Colorado on Tuesday.
This is likely just a cap-saving measure, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Englund back with the big club ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Boston. Englund's picked up one helper through six NHL appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Anton Blidh: Sent to AHL affiliate
Blidh was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Tuesday.
The Avalanche are dealing with a number of injuries up front, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Blidh, who's appeared in four straight games with the team, back with the big club sooner rather than later. Blidh's gone scoreless through nine NHL appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Expected to miss time
MacKinnon (upper body) won't be back in the short-term according to coach Jared Bednar, though the team doesn't yet know how long, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports Tuesday.
MacKinnon is just the latest member of the Avs to be sidelined with injury as the team is currently without Gabriel Landeskog (knee), Artturi Lehkonen (upper body) and Bowen Byram (lower body) just to name a few. Still, no absence is likely to be felt more than that of the 27-year-old MacKinnon, who has racked up eight goals and 26 helpers, including 14 power-play points, to start the season. Without MacKinnon in the lineup, Alex Newhook or J.T. Compher could be pressed into service as the first-line center.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Kurtis MacDermid: Placed on injured reserve
MacDermid (lower body) is listed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 24, per the NHL media site.
MacDermid's placement on IR should come as a surprise considering he is not expected back until late December at the earliest. Without the defenseman in the lineup, Andreas Englund has been pressed into service along with Jacob MacDonald. Even once cleared to play, MacDermid is far from a lock to play every night and could find himself watching from the press box as a healthy scratch periodically.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Logs assist in loss
Makar had an assist, two shots on goal, one hit and two penalty minutes over a team-high 28:53 of ice time in Monday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Makar and Nathan MacKinnon (upper body) set up Alex Newhook's first period goal to give Colorado an early lead. The Avalanche later lost MacKinnon to an injury, which puts more onus on Makar to step up his offense. With 24 points in 23 games, the blueliner is up to the task, but the Avs have been hit by a wave of injuries to their top performers.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Snares assist in loss
Johnson had an assist, three shots on goal, one hit and two blocked shots over 17:30 of ice time in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Johnson logged his fifth point (all assists) of the season on Mikko Rantanan's third-period goal. The helper snapped a seven-game pointless run for the defenseman, who has moved up the second pair in the wake of Josh Manson's lower-body injury.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's J.T. Compher: Leads forwards in TOI
Compher had an assist, three shots on goal, one hit and one blocked shot over a forward-high 25:34 of ice time in Monday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
The injured Avalanche suffered another one during the game; Nathan MacKinnon left with an upper-body injury midway through the first period. That opened up a spot on the top line, which Compher filled. He'll continue in a top-six role if some the injured don't return in time for Wednesday's home game against the Bruins. The composition of the lines heading into Wednesday is up in the air. Colorado placed both Alex Galchenyuk and Jayson Megna on waivers -- oddly enough, each was in the lineup Monday while officially being on waivers -- which suggests Valeri Nichushkin (ankle), Artturi Lehkonen (upper body) or Jean-Luc Foudy (lower body) could be set to return.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Charles Hudon: Leads team in shots
Hudon had a team-high seven shots on goal and two hits over 15:25 of ice time in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Hudon was called up from AHL Colorado amid a wave of injuries and skated on the second line. With Nathan MacKinnon (upper body) leaving the game, the Avalanche are expected to keep Hudon around for a stretch.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Struggles versus Flyers
Georgiev surrendered four goals on 33 shots in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday.
Two of the four goals Georgiev surrendered were scored while the Flyers had the man advantage. Travis Konecny put Philadelphia up 5-3 with an empty netter at 19:00 of the third period. Georgiev has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts, leaving him with an 11-4-1 record, 2.74 GAA and .918 save percentage in 16 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Scores 15th goal of 2022-23
Rantanen found the back of the net in Monday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Rantanen has 15 goals and 32 points in 23 contests this season. For most players that scoring pace would be unsustainable, but it's not a big jump from 2021-22 when he finished with 36 goals and 92 points in 75 contests. Rantanen entered Monday's game averaging 22:03 of ice time, including 4:35 on the power play, and the 26-year-old is expected to stay in that key role throughout the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alex Newhook: Nets two goals Monday
Newhook scored two goals, including one with the man advantage, in Colorado's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday.
While Newhook has been limited to six goals and nine points through 23 games this season, he did average 2:43 of power-play ice time from Nov. 21-Dec. 3, and logged 6:32 on Monday. The 21-year-old should have some fantasy value as long as he's getting playing time on the Avalanche's top power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Exits Monday's contest
MacKinnon (upper body) will not return to Monday's game against Philadelphia.
MacKinnon tallied a power-play assist in 4:58 of ice time before leaving Monday's game. The star center has 34 points through 23 games on the year. An update on his status should be available before Wednesday's tilt with Boston.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alex Galchenyuk: Goes on waivers
Galchenyuk was put on waivers Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Galchenyuk is still projected to be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia, but he could be sent to AHL Colorado on Tuesday if he clears. A potential demotion would bode well for the availability of Artturi Lehkonen (upper body) and/or Valeri Nichushkin (ankle). Galchenyuk has two shots on goal, two blocks and one hit in three games with the Avalanche this year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Jayson Megna: Placed on waivers
Megna was designated for waivers by Colorado on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Megna is still expected to be in the lineup for the Avs in Monday's clash with the Flyers but this move will allow him to be sent down to the minors Tuesday, assuming he clears. The decision to demote Megna could be an indication that Artturi Lehkonen (upper body) and/or Valeri Nichushkin (ankle) are nearing a return to action, though nothing official has been announced by the team.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Jean-Luc Foudy: Unavailable versus Flyers
Foudy won't play Monday against Philadelphia due to a lower-body injury, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Gazette reports.
Foudy, who is listed as day-to-day, has posted six shots on goal, one block and one hit in three games with the Avalanche this year. He will be replaced in the lineup by Charles Hudon, who was called up from the AHL on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen: Won't play Monday
Lehkonen (upper body) won't play Monday versus Philadelphia, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Gazette reports.
Lehkonen, who was injured Saturday against Boston, is listed as day-to-day. His availability for Wednesday's rematch versus the Bruins hasn't been determined yet. Lehkonen has amassed seven goals and 18 points in 22 games this year. Alex Newhook is projected to fill in on the top line with Lehkonen unavailable.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Starting in Philadelphia
Georgiev will guard the goal goal Monday versus Philadelphia, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Georgiev stopped 24 of 28 shots in a 6-4 win over Buffalo on Thursday during his last outing. He has a record of 11-3-1 this season with a 2.58 GAA and a .922 save percentage. The Flyers rank 32nd in the NHL with 2.36 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
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