Jones to return vs. Ducks; Avs claim Palushaj
Before the Colorado Avalanche take on the red-hot and, so far, mighty Anaheim Ducks tonight at Pepsi Center, there a few questions that need answering.
Mainly, and most importantly, knowing who is in and who is out is key as the injury-per game-pace is very nearly set to decimate the Avalanche if it continues much longer. For those worried about the state of the team, things are looking up a bit.
In his pre-game press conference, Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco confirmed that forward David Jones has recovered from a knee injury suffered during a recent victory in Calgary. Jones will return to the lineup tonight, bumping relief forward David Van Der Gulik back to the press box.
For those worried about the foot of Erik Johnson, fear no more. Johnson is confirmed on the roster despite missing some practices due to a bruise. He will be joined by Shane O’Brien as Colorado looks to remain tougher and more punishing to play against. There was no word on whether Matt Hunwick or Tyson Barrie will be the final defenseman to suit up but, judging from Hunwick’s errors in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, Barrie is likely to see some ice time.
As far as reinforcements go, the Avalanche claimed right wing Aaron Palushaj off of waivers yesterday, stealing him away from the Montreal Canadiens. Palushaj has only played 41 games in the NHL, tallying one goal, four assists, and ten penalty minutes during that span. Unable to crack the Canadiens roster this season, he has been playing with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, in the meantime.
He has seven goals for ten points in just 21 games for Hamilton on the year.
Sacco said that Palushaj will be a game time decision against Anaheim as he only got to town late last night. Palushaj isn’t listed in Colorado’s game day notes under the roster or transactions sections either.
Semyon Varlamov will start in net.
What do you think? Like the pickup? Does Colorado stand a chance against the Ducks?