Slowly but surely, the Colorado Avalanche continue to get healthy. Activated on Friday after the team’s morning skate; Alex Tanguay will return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers after missing 36 games.
“I’m excited,” said Tanguay. “It’s been awhile for me, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Tanguay is expected to play right wing on a line with Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog. The 34-year-old forward was playing will prior to injuring his knee against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 2; scoring nine points in 13 games.
“I only had nine points in 13 games but I felt I could have easily had 20,” said Tanguay.
Also coming over in the trade with Calgary was defenseman Cory Sarich, who was recently placed on injured reserve with a back injury. John Mitchell will also miss the game with flu-like symptoms; as will Nate Guenin (foot), but both may rejoin the team on its’ current road trip.
“It’s going to be nice,” said forward Matt Duchene. “It’s going to add another element to our team, another look. It may throw off some things for the beginning, but we know we’re going to be better in the long run because of it. It’s so nice to have these two guys back. “