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.