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Artturi Lehkonen Out Only Day-To-Day; Foudy Hurt; Avalanche Lineup Notes For Philly




PHILADELPHIA – Hello from Wells Fargo Center here in Philly. Temperatures might hit 50 today. Sunny. Not so sunny remains the Colorado Avalanche health situation. It was revealed by coach Jared Bednar after the morning skate that first-line winger Artturi Lehkonen is out only on a day-to-day basis with an upper-body injury.

As we noted yesterday, the Avalanche recalled Charles Hudon from the Eagles to fill a roster spot now vacated by the Artturi Lehkonen injury. At least it’s not a serious injury to No. 62, or so it seems.

But there is also another injury to report: Jean-Luc Foudy is now out with a lower-body injury. He won’t play tonight. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Here’s Hudon having a chat with Jared Bednar during the skate:

A lot of people have been asking “Who’s Charles Hudon?”, but the guy has 125 games of NHL experience, all with the Montreal Canadiens. He’ll wear No. 54, David Jones’ old number. This will be his first game in the league since the 2019-2020 season. He’s only 5-10, about 190 pounds, and a left winger. But he looked good in training camp for the Avalanche and played well for the Eagles. So, he’s the latest to get a look-see with this team.

It’s to the point where Avalanche players need name tags in the locker room, for people to know who everybody is.

Alexandar Georgiev is your starter in goal for the Avalanche, who hope to even their road trip at 2-2 tonight against a Flyers team that hasn’t been playing well of late and who also have a lot of injuries.

This has become something of a tradition on days Georgie starts, where he gets something of a pep talk from goalie coach Jussi Parkkila.

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For the latest on the Flyers, click on our affiliate site in Philly. Carter Hart is in goal for the Flyers.

Jayson Megna stayed on the ice late after everybody else went to the locker room, so that’s a sign he might be a healthy scratch for tonight. With the Foudy injury, maybe Megna is in tonight after all. We’ll see. Martin Kaut should be back in the lineup tonight, after being a scratch in Boston.

There were no true line rushes at the skate, per se, so I’d just be guessing what the combinations will be. Alex Newhook, however, was skating a lot with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, so I expect them to be the first line tonight.

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What’s the deal with Byram?

Victory Donald

I think the Avs are not caring much about the first half of the season and they are saving players. Could be a silver lining long run.

Ted Grycel

Gosh A.D., this has to be a trip for the ages to remember with all the injuries. Have you ever been on a trip before where it’s someone going down everyday? Must have a big whiteboard in your room to keep track. Enjoy the game ! Good news on Lehky so far. Anxious to see Hudon’s game tonight, I know +/- means squat at time, but at least his isn’t like Alex G’s where he had a -81 one season. That is bad no matter how you frame it.

Enjoy !


Galchenhuk never had a -81 season.


The worst season for Chucky was a -31 in Montreal 17-1 and he had 51 points and 19 goals that season…You must be thinking of his career +/-, which is -80.

Just for comparison…Jack Johnson has a career -124 and allegedly we all loved that guy.

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Victory Donald

Worse than the Donkeys!

Karl Keen

Well huge sigh of relief on Lehky. Hopefully he can come back by Wednesday and get some revenge on the Bruins by scoring.

Foudy going down now though something else.

I think last year gave us amnesia of how injury prone the Avs were the prior two plus seasons. It was a constant subject on here for some of us older followers. Last year, we enjoyed a relative season of health and good fortune of Landy coming back just in time. This year though has brought back those memories of a different time.

Newhook needs to step up tonight.

Victory Donald

Avs not the primadonas need to step up and crash the net hard, every game!

Karl Keen

I agree that when we play soft we seem to be the victims of injuries, but when we crash the boards, we come out more healthy than not (except when Mac decides to fight!)

Victory Donald

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Alexander A.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Be careful when referring to +/-, the last time I got hit on it.

Ted Grycel

That’s why I prefaced my statement by saying +/- doesn’t usually meant squat, but in the case of Alex G his play without the puck and turnovers justifies a pretty high +/- and it’s showing. Makes you wonder why a guy so young that had some decent years producing points is on a PTO. Does me anyway. The rap on him was his defensive game and I was hoping it was better than what we’ve seen. Hoping Hudon is better in that regard. Some defense first would go a long way right about now.

Barry Beck

What’s up with Byram and the Chu-chu Train? Will either be back this week?

Al Rittenhouse

I wish coach would let Englund do some head hunting when Boston comes to town but I know that probably aint happening

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