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Daily Cupcakes: December 27th, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 23:  Kevin Shattenkirk #8 Just keeps on swimming...  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - DECEMBER 23: Kevin Shattenkirk #8 Just keeps on swimming... (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I hope the Holidays have been treating you well thus far. Mine have been pretty good, although it may have led to some... darker cupcakes than normal. Note to self, falling asleep on the beach after a number of Bob Marleys is a bad idea.  Anywho, I'm back, and my thanks go to RWD for doling out the cupcakes in my absence, I hope they were tasty- although not so tasty that you don't want mine back!

Good news on the Avalanche injuries front...

The groin injuries that had been bothering Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod appear to be a thing of the past. Both forwards took part in a full practice on Sunday and will be ready to return on Monday.

As well, Greg Mauldin took part in the practice on Sunday and is expected to play Monday. Kyle Cumiskey and Chris Stewart are also skating... we don't know when they'll be back for sure though!


News on the Peter Forsberg front... are you surprised? Well, the news is saying that he is not going to try to make another comeback.

It appears there will be no comeback for Peter Forsberg, in the NHL or elsewhere in competitive hockey.



Today in Colorado Avalanche history

1999 - Joe Sakic scores his 1,000th career point on a second-period assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.



Here is an Avalanche- Red Wing preview.

After taking part in a full practice Sunday, Hejduk is set to return. He skated on a line with leading scorer Matt Duchene and Tomas Fleischmann, who hasn't scored since netting a hat trick Dec. 15 against Chicago.



The Avalanche have a prospect playing for Team Canada in the World Juniors this year. Tyson Barrie is wearing the Red and White and it looks like he's having fun

It was a time for bonding, including the fun of an outdoor game of shinny with coaches and staff. In between practices and exhibition games, the players just relaxed and got to know each other.


As usual, a few days without Avs hockey, leads to very few Avalanche stories. If you can check out some of the World Junior Championships games, go ahead and watch them.  They are usually pretty good hockey games, it's insane the amount of skill such young players can have!