In the first period of the Avs game last night against the San Jose Sharks, forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare collided with a Sharks player, who slid into Bellemare’s left knee and torqued it in a way that left the Avs fourth-liner writhing in pain on the ice for some time.
Bellemare was unable to put any pressure on the leg as he hobbled down the tunnel and into the trainer’s room.
“He’s going to miss some time,” head coach Jared Bednar said Friday morning. “I don’t have a timeframe exactly, we’ll just see how he progresses and what he’s able to do off the ice here for a bit, but he’s going to miss some time.”
In Bellemare’s stead, the Avalanche recalled forwards Shane Bowers, Logan O’Connor, Sheldon Dries and utility defenseman/forward Jacob MacDonald.