Avs forward Valeri Nichushkin remains out for third straight day

Dec 7, 2023, 11:41 AM

The Colorado Avalanche will be without top-6 forward Valeri Nichushkin for a second straight game on Thursday night.

He missed Tuesday’s contest with the Ducks and remains out with an illness, head coach Jared Bednar told reporters after morning skate.

Originally, Bednar expected Nichushkin to play against Anaheim, so clearly he’s sicker than the team initially realized. He’s been good for Colorado this season, registering 21 points in 24 games, netting 10 goals and adding 11 assists.

Elsewhere, superstar center Nathan MacKinnon should be good to go tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. He took a puck off the ankle late in the Ducks game, but Bednar expects him to be out there.

Cale Makar will return from a two-game absence, and Andrew Cogliano will return to the lineup as well. After a brief scare with defenseman Bowen Byram — missing the third period against Anaheim — he’ll be back too.

This means the Avalanche are nearly back to full-strength, other than Nichushkin’s illness. It’s nice to see for a team that battled injuries all last season while trying to defend their Stanley Cup and has been dinged up this year.

Still, Colorado is 16-7-2 and sits atop the Central Division with 34 points. They’re second in the Western Conference, trailing only the Vegas Golden Knights with 39 points.

The Avs are in the midst of their longest homestand of the season, a five game stretch that will also feature the Flyers, Flames and Sabres.



Nathan MacKinnon...

Will Petersen

Nathan MacKinnon robbed at ESPYS, doesn’t win best NHL player

The best NHL player was never revealed on Thursday night at the ESPYS, but it finally came out on Friday and Nathan MacKinnon didn't win

3 days ago

Avalanche Stars celebration...

Will Petersen

The Avalanche are still a top-5 team in the NHL, according to ESPN

Ahead of the Avalanche in ESPN's "way-too-early" Power Rankings for the 2024-25 season are the Panthers, Oilers, Stars and Rangers

6 days ago

Calum Ritchie is selected by the Colorado Avalanche...

Jake Shapiro

Avs first rounder Calum Ritchie will get chance to crack NHL roster

The Colorado Avalanche announced on Monday that the team has signed forward Calum Ritchie to a three-year entry-level contract.

7 days ago

Valeri Nichushkin suspension...

Will Petersen

There’s a new twist in the Valeri Nichushkin saga with Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin is speaking about what happened in April of 2023 in Seattle for the first time

7 days ago

Pavel Francouz...

Will Petersen

Avalanche Stanley Cup champion Pavel Francouz back in new role

Pavel Francouz is officially back with the Avalanche, but he won't be playing, rather coaching and helping the next wave of goaltenders

12 days ago

Erik Brannstrom Avalanche free agency...

Will Petersen

Avalanche add more defensive depth on second day of free agency

The Avalanche signed defenseman Erik Brannstrom away from the Senators in free agency, reportedly on a one-year deal worth $900,000

13 days ago

Avs forward Valeri Nichushkin remains out for third straight day