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Avs’ Bordeleau out 8-10 weeks with fractured kneecap


As if missing Colorado’s first 32 games after undergoing offseason back surgery wasn’t trying enough for fourth-liner Patrick Bordeleau, now he’s got a fractured knee cap and will be out another 8-10 weeks.

Bordeleau has played just one game in 2014-15; he returned to the Avalanche lineup Saturday in Buffalo, logging 6:46 of ice time and registering two hits.

It’s not clear how Bordeleau suffered the injury. He was listed as a scratch Sunday versus Detroit.

The Avs host the Blues tonight.

Varlamov’s return pushed back, McGinn’s season might be done


Avalanche coach Patrick Roy will get to see goaltender Calvin Pickard at least one more time before netminder Semyon Varlamov’s (groin) return pushes the team to make a change.

Although Roy initially expected Varlamov to be available on Monday, per the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, the bench boss has decided to err on the side of caution by delaying their starting goaltender’s return until Thursday. Pickard will start again on Monday, according to Mike Chambers.

Roy has previously stated that he intends to keep Pickard on the roster once Varlamov is healthy enough to play and he doesn’t want to carry three goaltenders. Unless something changes soon, the stage seems to be set for Reto Berra to be put on waivers.

Although the Avalanche are likely to get Varlamov back soon, the news is far grimmer for Jamie McGinn. The 26-year-old forward hasn’t played in roughly two weeks and might undergo season-ending back surgery. Patrick Bordeleau had back surgery over the offseason and won’t be able to make his season debut for weeks.

In light of Colorado’s injury problems, they’ve summoned 21-year-old forward Colin Smith and 22-year-old forward Mike Sgarbossa. Smith is looking to make his NHL debut while Sgarbossa has six NHL contests under his belt.

Colorado will face Montreal next.

An Avalanche of injury woes in Colorado


It’s not getting any easier for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche continue to occupy last place in the Central Division, a sign of the regression many who believe in advanced statistics thought was going to happen. Now, Colorado is dealing with a rash of injuries, forcing them to recall three players – Andrew Agozzino, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour – from Lake Erie in the American Hockey League.

According to the Avalanche, there are eight players now out of the lineup due to injuries. You might say this dilemma is starting to snowball.

Alex Tanguay was the latest casualty. He took an Alex Ovechkin shot to the face and suffered a facial fracture as a result.

“He texted me last night after the game and said that he will try and come back as soon as possible,” head coach Patrick Roy said Friday, as per the club’s website. “Knowing Tang, I know he has the success of the team at heart. He knows that he is an important player, and he will do whatever he can to come back as soon as possible.”

That’s a tough loss for the Avalanche right there. The 35-year-old Tanguay – and this might be a sign of the times and struggles in Colorado right now – leads the Avalanche in goals with seven.

Perhaps the good news is goalie Semyon Varlamov is only listed as day-to-day with a groin injury, suffered earlier this week. Although, because it’s a groin injury, the good news still comes with caution.

It’s not so promising beyond that.

Rookie forward Dennis Everberg (shoulder) is also out. Roy didn’t have any specific timeline for him, other than he’s out for “awhile,” according to the club.

Defenseman Ryan Wilson (shoulder surgery) is out for the season. The club has listed Patrick Bordeleau (back), Brad Stuart (hamstring) and Jesse Winchester (head) as out indefinitely, and forward Jamie McGinn (back) was still being evaluated.

Bordeleau (back) out about three months, others Avs limp into camp

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NHL training camps are rapidly approaching, yet the Colorado Avalanche already come in a little banged up.

The Denver Post reports that head coach Patrick Roy was nearly having a difficult time keeping track of their injuries. Let’s take a look at the slew of injury notes from that article:

  • Patrick Bordeleau underwent offseason back surgery and is expected to miss the first three months (give or take) of the 2014-15 season.
  • Jamie McGinn is also dealing with a bad back that might sideline him for part of training camp.
  • John Mitchell is struggling with migraines.
  • The following players are dealing with what the Denver Post describes as “minor and undisclosed injuries”: Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly, Jan Hejda and Max Talbot. On the bright side, many of those players were involved in scrimmages this week, so it doesn’t sound like these are serious issues.

Avs exec Joe Sakic expressed his belief that the team added valuable depth during this offseason, so perhaps they’ll be able to weather this early storm quite well?

More than a few people look at how savagely Colorado was often out-chanced last season and believe that the team will take a big tumble down the standings even at full strength, so it’s not ideal to see such health issues cropping up. Sakic and Roy seem pretty confident in their ability to keep things going, though.

Get your game notes: Avalanche at Wild


Tonight on CNBC, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Colorado Avalanche starting at 9 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Wild center Mikael Granlund scored 5:08 into overtime to give Minnesota its first win of the series in Game 3. Granlund became only the fifth NHL player in the last 75 years to score his first career playoff goal in a 1-0 overtime game. The others were San Jose’s Andrei Zyuzin (1998), Philadelphia’s Ruslan Fedotenko (2002), San Jose’s Niko Dimitrakos (2004) and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly (2010). O’Reilly had come off the ice two shifts before Granlund potted the winner. Elias Sports Bureau

• The Wild registered a franchise postseason record 46 shots on goal in Game 3, led by Granlund and Zach Parise (seven apiece). Only once has Minnesota registered more shots in a game, regular season or playoffs. That came on Dec. 21, 2002, when they peppered goaltender and current coach Patrick Roy with 47 shots in a 4-2 loss at Pepsi Center.

• Avalanche forward, Nathan MacKinnon (1-6–7) needs two points to become the highest-scoring teenager playing in his first playoff series in the Expansion Era (1968-present). Elias Sports Bureau


• The Avalanche’s top line of Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – MacKinnon combined for 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 20 shots on goal in Games 1 and 2, both wins. In the Game 3 loss, the trio was held without a point on seven shots, primarily by the Wild’s checking line of Matt Cooke – Erik Haula – Justin Fontaine. With the seven-game suspension handed down to Cooke, the task of slowing down the Avs’ top line will be given to rookies Haula and Fontaine and second-year Nino Niederreiter.

• Avs center Joey Hishon is expected to make his NHL debut on the fourth line with wingers Paul Carey and Patrick Bordeleau. The last player to make his debut in the playoffs for the Quebec Nordiques/ Colorado Avalanche franchise was winger Mike Hough in 1985. Hough did not register any points.


If Hishon plays, he will be the 12th Colorado skater to make his NHL playoff debut this season, tying the Avs with Tampa Bay and Columbus for the most playoff debutants this postseason.

• Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper came into Game 3 with three career postseason appearances, all in relief. In 2013, he allowed four goals in 73:27 in Games 4 and 5 vs. Chicago (both losses). After stopping all 14 shots in 26:02 in Game 2 vs. Colorado, Kuemper posted a 22-save shutout in 64:44 in his first postseason start. Kuemper, who set a franchise rookie record with 16 consecutive starts in goal during the regular season, will make his second straight postseason start tonight