The Colorado Avalanche returned to practice Saturday afternoon after their thrilling 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not present on the ice for the session was overtime hero J.T. Compher, who was looked at after the game and then held out of practice for further evaluation for what head coach Jared Bednar described as an upper-body injury.

Compher’s status for tomorrow’s game against the New York Islanders remains unclear but he was seen walking around the facility with no visible injury. The team will decide tomorrow morning whether or not they will slot in recently recalled defenseman Andrei Mironov as once again roll out their seven defensemen alignment.

Today’s practice session was predominantly skill work as players focused on individual aspects of their game they were looking to work on. Two players who have taken a shine to working together are forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost, the former blossoming into a true superstar and the latter still finding his legs in his first full NHL season.

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for BSN Denver. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the BSN Denver draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the BSN Avalanche podcast.

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