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Gabriel Landeskog and Bowen Byram will return to the Avalanche lineup against the Anaheim Ducks (3 p.m. ET; SN 1, ALT, BSSC, BSSD, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
Landeskog, a forward, practiced six days this week after missing three games with a lower-body injury sustained in a 7-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 10.
“That’s a big positive for us,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said earlier this week.
Landeskog has scored 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 22 games.
Byram, a defenseman, practiced the past three days after missing eight games with a head injury sustained in an 8-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 1.
“I feel good,” Byram said Saturday. “I’m ready to play. It’s kind of a day-by-day thing at times, but I feel like I’ve continued to progress and I’m ready to go.”
Byram has scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 13 games. He previously missed six games with a concussion from Nov. 13-26. — Rick Sadowski
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin is out against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday after being placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol.
The forward leads the Rangers with 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) in 31 games and is tied with defenseman Adam Fox in assists.
Panarin joins forward Kevin Rooney and defenseman Ryan Lindgren in COVID-19 protocol.
Marc-Andre Fleury was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol and will back up Arvid Soderblom, who will make his first NHL start when the Blackhawks host the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The goalie was placed in protocol Monday and is 9-10-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 20 games this season.
Goalie Collin Delia was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Delia started a 6-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, allowing three goals on seven shots before being replaced by Soderblom to begin the second period. — Tracey Myers