Despite their limited lineup, the Colorado Avalanche did well to accumulate three points over the weekend. Mikko Rantanen stole the show in St. Louis and has had five of this Avalanche team's last six tallies. We also saw the much-anticipated return of both Arturri Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin. Their return to the ice hopefully marks the beginning of injured Avalanche players joining the team in waves.
On last week's episode of the Mile High Hockey Lab, our very own Jackie Kay walked us through the list of injured players and detailed their projected return to the ice.
Jackie broke down return timelines for us on our last broadcast! For the full list head here! ↙️↙️↙️https://t.co/xTKO7Je4be pic.twitter.com/ABiwA905ZL— Mile High Hockey Lab (@MHH_LAB) December 12, 2022
Valeri Nichushkin - Returned vs. New York Rangers (12/9)
Artturi Lehkonen - Returned vs. St. Louis Blues (12/11)
Darren Helm (skating) - This week or next
Evan Rodrigues (skating) - This week or next
Bowen Byram (not skating) - End of December
Kurtis MacDermid (not skating) - End of December
Gabriel Landeskog (not skating) - Mid January
Nathan MacKinnon (not skating) - Early January
Josh Manson (not skating) - Early January
It sounds like the Avs need to stay competitive in December to make a standings push in the next calendar year. If Colorado has half of these players back by then, they will be a much deeper and more well-rounded squad. Soon they won’t need Mikko Rantanen to score every goal!