The Colorado Avalanche returned home from Nashville following games one and two of their series against the Predators. While the team lost both games, they were increasingly competitive throughout despite mounting injuries that continue to plague the team.
With Erik Johnson and Semyon Varlamov already ruled out for the series, the team lost star defenseman Sam Girard before game two and he did not take the ice at Pepsi Center for practice today. His upper-body injury was suffered in a punishing game one and head coach Jared Bednar stated after practice he remains in a day-to-day status.
In fact, only a small handful of players did take the ice today as it was an optional practice following the team's travel back to Denver yesterday following the game. One of the players who briefly did participate was Nathan MacKinnon, whose three points (1g, 2a) through the first two games lead the Avalanche.