Hejduk is OK, will play against Blue Jackets Tuesday

According to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain news, the injury to Milan Hejduk's jaw did not result in any fracture, and he will play on Tuesday night against Columbus.


CENTENNIAL - Milan Hejduk and coach Tony Granato both said Monday the right wing will play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Hejduk's status was in question because of a jaw injury he incurred Saturday at St. Louis.

The 32-year-old left Saturday's game in the first period after a hard open-ice hit by the Blues' Brandon Crombeen. Team doctors determined Sunday that Hejduk had not suffered a broken jaw.

Previously from RMN:

The Avalanche received some encouraging news Sunday concerning Milan Hejduk's jaw injury.

The 32-year-old right wing didn't suffer a fracture Saturday in the game in St. Louis, and he was feeling more comfortable after the team arrived in Denver.

Hejduk left the game in the first period and didn't return after a jarring open-ice hit by Blues forward Brandon Crombeen.

Hejduk will be evaluated again before practice today, and the Avalanche is hopeful he'll be able to play Tuesday at Columbus.

Hejduk leads the Avalanche in goals, with 20, and has as many assists in 53 games.

 From the Denver Post this am:

Avalanche all-star right wing Milan Hejduk appears to have escaped serious injury after taking a hit to the jaw Saturday night in St. Louis.

The Avs said Sunday that Hejduk was feeling better, after leaving the game in the first period following a hit from Blues forward B.J. Crombeen. Hejduk's status will be further evaluated today, and his status for Tuesday's game in Columbus remains uncertain. But there was no word from the Avs that Hejduk suffered anything worse than a bruised jaw.

DP PM update:

Avalanche star Milan Hejduk practiced this morning and is expected to play Tuesday night against Columbus.

Hejduk, the Avs' leading goal scorer with 20, left Saturday's game against St. Louis in the first period with a jaw injury following a collision with the Blues' B.J. Crombeen.

At least a little good news, for once!


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