If he's activated from injured reserve prior to Wednesday's contest, that would be a good indication that he'll play.... See Less Avalanche's Cale Makar: Ruled out for Wednesday Makar (head) won't play Wednesday versus the Wild, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports. Makar's next chance to play will be Saturday versus the Blues.
The Avalanche insist Nichushkin is fine after missing 11 of 16 games due to ankle and upper-body injuries, but Rawal believes he's not operating at 100 percent. Rawal cites diminished burst and not skating at a level the forward showed early in the season. In total, Nichushkin has missed 28 of 52 contests, including a lower-body injury that cost him time from late October to early December.... See Less Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Expected to start Wednesday Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said Georgiev will start Wednesday against the Wild, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports. Bednar simply responded "yeah" when asked after Tuesday's shootout loss to Tampa Bay if Georgiev would start Wednesday.
Lehkonen came into Tuesday with a five-game point drought. That slump came to a close just 50 seconds into the game as he converted on a feed from Nathan MacKinnon. Lehkonen maintained his place on the top line even during the dry spell -- his strong two-way play makes him a great fit in that role. The winger is up to 16 goals, 35 points, 116 shots on net, 68 hits, 22 PIM and a plus-4 rating through 49 outings this season....
See Less Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Takes shootout loss Georgiev allowed three goals on 35 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning. Georgiev tasted defeat for just the second time in his last seven outings. The 27-year-old put in a solid effort, but he let a couple of leads slip away and gave up the only shootout tally to Steven Stamkos. Georgiev is now at 21-12-4 with a 2. 68 GAA and a. 918 save percentage through 37 contests.
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See Less Avalanche's Josh Manson: Still possible for Wednesday Manson (lower body) may play Wednesday versus the Wild, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports. Getting a player back would be good for the Avalanche's defense, which has been tested by injuries lately. Manson hasn't played since Dec. 1, but he'd likely be able to fill a bottom-four role.
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