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.
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Washington.
Rantanen wired a shot past Washington netminder Braden Holtby from the right faceoff dot, giving the Avalanche a 2-0 lead late in the first period. For Rantanen, it was his 19th goal of the season and his 99th career goal. Coming off back-to-back 80-point campaigns, Rantanen has had his 2019-20 season interrupted by injury but has still produced at nearly a point-per-game clip. He has 39 points in 40 games heading into Saturday's tilt against the Kings.
Rantanen netted a goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Senators.
Rantanen received a pass from Nathan MacKinnon in the neutral zone and then spun around Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey. The Finnish winger then converted on his backhand to open the scoring in the last minute of the first period. He's racked up three goals and four assists over his last seven games and now has 38 points, 101 shots and a plus-1 rating in 39 outings this season.
Rantanen scored a goal on one shot in Tuesday's 6-1 win over Buffalo.
Rantanen scored the Avalanche's sixth goal 12:59 into the third period, when the game was already decided. The 23-year-old winger is on a four-game point streak, and he's still on a point-per-game pace this year with 36 points -- 11 with the man advantage -- through 35 games.
Rantanen produced two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 6-3 win over the Red Wings.
Rantanen set up both Avalanche goals in the second period. After a five-game dry spell, the Finn has three assists in his last two contests. He's up to 34 points (15 goals, 19 helpers), 84 shots on goal and 10 power-play points through 33 outings.
Rantanen has five goals and seven points with a minus-4 rating in his last nine games.
With that rating, Rantanen has dipped below the even mark for the season (minus-4), but the good news is he continues to score. Rantanen has 15 goals and 31 points in just 29 games despite fewer shots on net this season. At least in part, that's because Rantanen owns a 21.1 shooting percentage, which is five percent higher than last season's. With that in mind, owners should be wary of a potential scoring drought for Rantanen during the second half if his puck-luck changes.
Rantanen scored three goals in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
It was his second career hattie. The bounces went Rantanen's way Saturday and he has four goals in his last two games. Prior to that, he hadn't scored in three straight. Part of the reason for the goal outburst was some line juggling in the second period that saw Rantanen reunited with Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. We don't know how long it will last, but like you, we hope as long as possible.
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on three shots in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Blues.
Rantanen stretched the Avalanche's lead to 3-0 at 7:40 of the second period. Despite a 16-game absence with a lower-body injury, the Finn has amassed 28 points and 65 shots in 25 appearances this season. Coach Jared Bednar shuffled Rantanen to the third line in an attempt to spark his team after a three-game losing streak, but the demotion is likely to be temporary.
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on three shots and added two hits in Monday's 7-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Rantanen now has 11 goals and 25 points in 21 appearances this season. The top-line winger has added 52 shots on goal, and eight of his points have come with a man advantage. The Finn is a threat to produce in virtually every game -- fantasy owners can deploy him confidently.
Rantanen scored an empty-net goal and added an assist with a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
Rantanen set up Nathan MacKinnon's game-winner in the second period before sealing the win with his empty-netter late in the third. Rantanen is on a four-game point streak (four goals, two assists) and has 12 points in nine games since returning Nov. 30 from a lower-body injury.
Rantanen scored his ninth goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to the Blues on Monday.
If it weren't for a lower-body injury that kept him out for 16 games, who knows where Rantanen would rank among the league leaders in points. Following Monday's result, which saw him light the lamp with the man advantage for the fourth time this season, Rantanen is up to 22 points in 17 games and will look to add to that total against the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Rantanen tallied two goals on three shots with a plus-2 rating in a 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old only has 20 points this season, but owners can blame a lower-body injury for his low point total. Rantanen has only played 15 games, so his eight goals and 20 points are impressive marks. He'll need to get more shots on net moving forward because his 21.1 shooting percentage has carried him, but Rantanen is excelling as he has the last couple seasons now that he's healthy.
Rantanen (lower body) scored a goal and added a trio of helpers in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Rantanen was highly effective in his return to the lineup. His goal came in the second period. The Finn also set up Nazem Kadri on the power play as well as Nathan MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi at even strength. Rantanen didn't play in the third period -- Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports coach Jared Bednar made the decision for precautionary reasons in the lopsided contest. Rantanen missed 16 games with the injury, but he proved he's ready to take on top-line duties. The 23-year-old is up to 16 points in 10 appearances.
Rantanen (lower body) will dress for Saturday's game versus the Blackhawks, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Rantanen has been out since Oct. 21 but is expected to return against Chicago. Before he got injured, Rantanen had posted 12 points in nine games and will be looking to get off on the right foot in front of the home crowd.
Rantanen (lower body) will make his long-awaited return Saturday against Chicago, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Rantanen will sit out Wednesday against the Oilers and will also miss the first leg of Colorado's home-and-home set against Chicago on Friday, but he will finally suit up for the first time since Oct. 21 for the second leg of that back-to-back Saturday. Colorado will need to take him off injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game, and that action will serve as further confirmation of Rantanen's availability.
Rantanen (lower body) won't play Wednesday against Edmonton, but he's hopeful that he'll be ready to return this weekend, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
The Avalanche have a home-and-home set with the Blackhawks this weekend, which will start with a matinee matchup in Denver on Friday, so Rantanen will likely be reevaluated ahead of that contest. Once cleared to play, the 23-year-old Finn will return to a top-six role and a spot on Colorado's first power-play unit.
Rantanen (lower body) has a chance to play Wednesday against the Oilers but is considered doubtful, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Coach Jared Bednar said Rantanen had a good practice Monday, albeit in a non-contact capacity, and another solid session Tuesday could turn the tide in favor of his return. If he's ruled out, however, this positive prognosis at least signals Rantanen is trending up for the weekend's home-and-home series against the Blackhawks starting Friday.
Coach Jared Bednar said Rantanen (lower body) may return to the lineup next weekend, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
This is the first clear timeline that's come through for Rantanen. The Avalanche play a home-and-home Friday and Saturday versus the Blackhawks. Assuming the Finnish winger doesn't experience a setback, he could appear in one of those contests.
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