The Colorado Avalanche might have All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen back for the start of their first-round playoff series against Calgary.
Rantanen has been sidelined since suffering a lower-body injury at Dallas on March 21. Rantanen is second on the team with 87 points and third in goals with 31.
The right winger wore a red, no-contact jersey Monday at practice. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said afterward that Rantanen has been “progressing like just we hoped” and that he could play in Game 1 in Calgary on Thursday night.
Rantanen’s return would reunite him with fellow All-Stars Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. The trio have combined for 261 points and 106 goals this season.
Colorado Avalanche All-Star forward Gabriel Landeskog will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar announced Friday.
Landeskog was hurt midway through the third period of Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Stars after he collided with Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop.
Bednar called missing Landeskog, a “huge loss.”
Landeskog, 26, has recorded career highs this season with 33 goals, including a league-leading nine game-winners, and 69 points.
The Avalanche captain has appeared in 574 NHL games since being drafted second overall by Colorado in 2011.
The Avalanche are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference with 70 points, four points behind the Minnesota Wild for the last wild-card spot.
The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with Alexander Kerfoot after the forward became a college free agent earlier this month.
Kerfoot was originally taken by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He was with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League before playing for Harvard, where he spent the last four seasons.
This was the second college free agent the Avs have recently signed. The team also agreed to a two-year deal with forward Dominic Toninato.
Colorado was unable to sign former University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher before the Aug. 15 deadline. The Avalanche selected Butcher in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. The Hobey Baker Award winner led the Pioneers to a national championship in April.