Jan 22 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) takes a shot from the point during the second period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche will be without Erik Johnson indefinitely after the defenseman suffered a head injury in a game against Phoenix.
Johnson was hurt on a hit during an overtime loss to the Coyotes on Monday.
The Avs already are missing captain Gabriel Landeskog (head) and defenseman Ryan Wilson (ankle), along with forward Steve Downie, who's out for the season with a torn ACL.
But they're expecting to have forward John Mitchell (flu) and defenseman Matt Hunwick (torso) back when they play at Minnesota on Thursday. Although Matt Duchene skipped practice on Wednesday, coach Joe Sacco said he will be in the lineup.
Given the rash of injuries, Colorado could certainly use the offensive flair of Ryan O'Reilly, who is holding out due to a contract dispute.
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