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With uncertainty surrounding Tyson Barrie's injury, the Avalanche recall Elliott

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By a count of 5-1, the Colorado Avalanche lost Saturday’s contest against the San Jose Sharks. Even more disconcerting, they may have also lost a key player as they prepare to enter the playoffs.

Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was injured in the first period of Saturday’s game, colliding with Sharks defenseman Jason Demers. He returned later in the frame for three shifts, but was missing on the Avalanche bench during the second and third periods. In the fashion that all injuries shall likely be reported come playoff time, the Avs labeled Barrie’s condition as the ever-ominous “upper-body injury.” There is no timetable for his return.

"We'll see how it goes the next couple of days," said head coach Patrick Roy.

To help compensate for the loss of Barrie, the Avalanche have recalled defenseman Stefan Elliott from the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. Like Barrie, Elliot is an offensive defenseman. In 61 games with the Monsters this season, Elliott has scored 14 goals and 14 assists. Again like Barrie, Elliott was drafted in 2009 by the Avalanche. Although he has yet to make an appearance for the Avs this season, he has played in 57 career contests for the club, scoring 17 points.

The Avalanche were also without the services of John Mitchell on Saturday, who was a late scratch with an undisclosed ailment. On the plus side, forward P.A. Parenteau made his return to the Avalanche lineup against the Sharks, after missing the past six weeks with a strained MCL. Also currently sidelined for the Avs are: Matt Duchene (knee), Cody McLeod (ankle), Cory Sarich (back) and Alex Tanguay (hip).

The Avalanche wrap their regular season on Sunday in the same way that it started; with a game against the Anaheim Ducks. The first meeting involved some fireworks between Roy and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

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