All year long, it’s been injury after injury for the Colorado Avalanche.
Outside of Gabriel Landeskog, it sounds like they might be close to a full lineup when the playoffs start on Tuesday.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was interviewed on NHL Network on Saturday, and dropped some good news on the injury front.
“It’s looking pretty good,” Bednar said, when asked about the injured players. “I think that we’re going to have the bulk of our guys back, if not everybody back, for playoff time. We’ve had some guys out here just recently, trying to give them as much time as possible to get ready to go, to the best of their capabilities. So we’re expecting pretty much a full lineup here going into the playoffs.”
We already knew that Josh Manson will be good to go when the playoffs start. We anticipate Cale Makar will also be ready, as he’s been hold mostly as a precaution. The question marks are Denis Malgin, Andrew Cogliano, and Darren Helm, three important forwards up front. If they can get just two of those three back, the lineup looks much deeper. All three of them returning means Bednar and his staff would have some tough decisions to make, something they would kill to have to do.
The Avalanche return to practice on Sunday, although it will be an optional skate. Avalanche GM Chris MacFarland will meet with the media before practice, and Jared Bednar will meet with the media on Monday.
Stay tuned to CHN for up to date news on everything. Our playoff preview with the Kraken starts tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.