By Michael Spencer


(CBS4) – Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is “week-to-week” with a lower body injury suffered during the Avs game in St. Louis on Monday. Coach Jared Bednar addressed the injury Wednesday afternoon.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a four-to-six week injury. I’ll give you that,” said Bednar. “We’re hoping he’s going to be back sooner than that, but we’re just going to have to watch him and see how he’s feeling in a couple of days and what work he’s going to be able to do.”

Monday’s game in St. Louis was the first regulation loss the Avs have suffered this season. It was also the end of a five-game road trip.

The Avalanche returned to the ice at Family Sports Center on Wednesday, and will play in Vegas on Friday afternoon.

Bednar said he hasn’t decided who will replace Rantanen on the first line.

“You lose any player, especially top players and it can be a little bit nerve-racking for a team, but I certainly feel good about where we’re at with the depth and the way some of our guys are playing,” said Bednar.

Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche skates past Braydon Coburn #55 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at the Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2019.

Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche skates past Braydon Coburn #55 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at the Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2019. (credit: Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The Avalanche will play their next home game on Saturday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

Michael Spencer

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