NHL Buzz: Saad out 2-4 weeks for Avalanche with lower-body injury


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Colorado Avalanche

Brandon Saad has a lower-body injury and will be out 2-4 weeks.

The forward had three shots on goal in 13:53 of ice time in a 5-3 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. He has scored 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 44 games this season.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer has joined the Avalanche after being removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday, but won’t play at the St. Louis Blues on Monday (7 p.m. ET; BSMW+, ALT, NHL.TV).

“He’s doing cardio stuff, been working out off the ice for the last three days,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “He can hit the ice tomorrow, which is why he’s with us.”

Jonas Johansson will start in goal and play for the first time since April 11, and Devan Dubnyk will be the backup. Johansson is 3-0-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and one shutout in five games (four starts) with the Avalanche since being acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on March 21.

The Avalanche, who have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, are second in the Honda West Division, four points behind the Vegas Golden Knights. — Mike G. Morreale

St. Louis Blues

Defensemen Colton Parayko and Vince Dunn will not play for the St. Louis Blues against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. (7 p.m. ET; BSMW+, ALT, NHL.TV).

Parayko sustained an upper-body injury and left a 5-3 win against the Avalanche on Saturday at 12:40 of the first period. Dunn exited the game with an upper-body injury at 12:24 of the third period.

Parayko missed 21 games earlier this season with an upper-body injury.

“I don’t know how long they’re out for,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Monday. “It’s kind of up in the air on that yet.”

Defensemen Niko Mikkola and Steven Santini are expected to play Monday. Santini was recalled from the taxi squad and would make his Blues debut. St. Louis is expected to use seven defensemen and 11 forwards against the Avalanche.

“Other guys got to come in and play well,” Berube said. “I don’t really think it’s anything more than that. The guys that are in there, keep doing their job. That’s the way it goes.”

The Blues are fifth in the eight-team Honda West Division, one point behind the fourth-place Arizona Coyotes with three games in hand. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. — Louie Korac

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