Rantanen finished round-robin play with four assists after setting up two goals in a 4-3 OT loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday. Rantanen has been sharp in the round robin and that upper-body injury is definitely a thing of the past. He has points in all three round-robin games. The Avs rely heavily on Rantanen on the power play -- he skated 7:00 there Saturday and one of his helpers came with the man advantage. Colorado now faces Arizona in its opening-round series.
According to The Athletic's Ryan Clark, Rantanen (upper body) was close to returning prior to the NHL halting play in mid-March, which means he should now be fully recovered. Rantanen actually took the ice for practice in a non-contact jersey shortly before the season was put on hold, so while this news doesn't come as a surprise, it does all but confirm he'll be a full participant in Colorado's upcoming pre-playoffs training camp. The 23-year-old winger has racked up 19 goals and 41 points in 42 games this campaign, and he'll slot into a top-six role and a spot on the Avalanche's first power-play unit when postseason play gets underway. Rantanen's ability coupled with his role on one of the top teams in the NHL will make him a popular pick in playoff pools.
Rantanen (upper body) took the ice for Wednesday's practice session in a non-contact sweater, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. While he hasn't been cleared for contact, the fact that Rantanen is back on the ice is a step in the right direction. Prior to getting hurt, the winger racked up 10 points in 11 contests, including five with the man advantage. Once cleared to play, Rantanen figures to bump Vladislav Namestnikov from his first-line role.
Rantanen will miss "weeks" with his upper-body injury, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports. Unfortunately, this news doesn't come as a surprise after Rantanen took a nasty spill into the boards behind the net during Monday's loss to the Lightning. He tallied a power-play assist before exiting the game, giving him 19 goals and 41 points in 42 contests this season. It's unclear how long Rantanen will be out, but a return before March appears to be out of the question. With only 11 healthy forwards on the roster, expect the Avalanche to make a roster move before Wednesday's game against the Islanders. Rantanen will be placed on injured reserve for the duration of his absence.
Rantanen left Monday's contest against the Lightning with an upper-body injury and will not return, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports. Around the midway point of the second period, Rantanen was tripped up near the Lightning net and went crashing into the boards shoulder-first. He was in obvious pain and went to the locker room immediately. An update on his status should be available before Wednesday's game against the Islanders.
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