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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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.