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Alex Tanguay set to return to the Avalanche lineup against the Florida Panthers

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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.

Tanguay rejoined the Avalanche this past offseason in a trade with the Calgary Flames for David Jones and Shane O’Brien.

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.

PA Parenteau returned for the Avs’ last game (a loss to Toronto), paying immediate dividends with an assist. Between him and Tanguay, a lot of offense is rejoining the Avalanche lineup.

“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. “

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