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Blue Jack­ets:

Colum­bus is 2-1-1 since its 3-2 over­time loss to the Avalanche at Na­tion­wide Arena on Nov. 21 and is 6-1-2 in their last nine. … This bears retelling: Two of the Blue Jack­ets’ top play­ers — cap­tain Nick Foligno and de­fense­man Seth Jones — were child­hood res­i­dents of Den­ver when their fa­thers coached here. Foligno’s father, Mike, was an Avalanche as­sis­tant coach for the 1997-98 sea­son and Jones’ father, Pop­eye, was a Nuggets as­sis­tant in 1999-2000. … Winger Josh An­der­son, who had two goals in a Tues­day’s night win over Tampa Bay, now has seven goals in 21 games. He’s among the hand­ful of Blue Jack­ets who played for Avalanche coach Jared Bed­nar at Spring­field or Lake Erie of the AHL. … Un­der vet­eran coach John Tor­torella, the Blue Jack­ets have ceased hold­ing morn­ing skates — some­thing Pa­trick Roy tried early last sea­son with the Avalanche but ended up re­in­stat­ing.


With Lan­deskog go­ing on in­jured re­serve, the Avalanche re­called wingers Gabriel Bourque and Sa­muel Hen­ley from San An­to­nio. Bourque played eight games for the Avalanche be­fore be­ing sent down; the NHL vet­eran has two goals and three as­sists in 11 games for the Ram­page. Hen­ley, 23, was signed by the Avalanche in 2014 as an un­drafted free agent after he played five sea­sons with Lewis­ton and Val-d’Or of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League. If he suits up for Colorado, it will be his NHL de­but. … The call-ups, plus Lan­deskog’s move to the IR, mean Colorado is car­ry­ing 14 for­wards and seven de­fense­men on the ac­tive ros­ter. … Se­myon Var­lamov will get the start in the Colorado net. … Jarome Iginla, who of­ten takes “main­tenance” days, didn’t prac­tice Wed­nes­day, and Bed­nar said the vet­eran had been banged up in the loss to Nashville on Tues­day but was ex­pected to play against the Blue Jack­ets.

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