Colorado (7th - Central) at Pittsburgh (1st - Metropolitan)

Matchup Details
Thu, Dec 18 - Consol Energy Center
FACEOFF - 7:00 PM ET
W/LATSMONEYHomeAwayO/U
Colorado 10-13-5-218-121666-7-2-14-6-3-115-14
Pittsburgh 20-6-2-214-1667311-4-0-19-2-2-113-17
CONSENSUS ANALYSIS
 
RECENT TRENDS
INJURY REPORT
Colorado
PPlayerStatusNotes
DB. Stuart
Prob Thurs
Lower Body
12/14/14
Stuart has been activated from injured reserve and is expected to play Thursday against the Penguins.
CB. Street
Ques Thurs
Undisclosed
12/13/14
Street has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury and is questionable to return Thursday against the Penguins.
GS. Varlamov
Late Dec
Groin
12/17/14
Varlamov has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He is hopeful to return by the end of December.
CJ. Mitchell
Prob Thurs
Leg
12/16/14
Mitchell is expected to be activated from injured reserve in time for Thursday's game against the Penguins.
LWP. Bordeleau
Late Dec
Back
12/11/14
Bordeleau had offseason back surgery and is expected to return by the end of the month.
LWJ. McGinn
out for season
Back
12/11/14
McGinn is on injured reserve after undergoing season-ending back surgery.
DR. Wilson
out for season
Shoulder
11/18/14
Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
CJ. Winchester
I-R
Concussion
10/17/14
Winchester sustained a concussion during the preseason and has been placed on injured reserve. There is no timetable for his return.
Pittsburgh
PPlayerStatusNotes
GM. Fleury
Ques Thurs
Illness
12/17/14
Fleury will undergo tests for the mumps after missing Wednesday's practice with an illness.
CS. Crosby
Ques Thurs
Illness
12/15/14
Crosby has been diagnosed with the mumps and is questionable to return Thursday against the Avalanche.
DR. Bortuzzo
Ques Thurs
Upper Body
12/15/14
Bortuzzo did not play Monday due to an upper-body injury and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
LWC. Kunitz
Out Thurs
Foot
12/17/14
Kunitz has been sidelined with a small fracture in his foot. He is nearing a return but will not play Thursday against the Panthers.
DO. Maatta
Out indefinitely
Illness
12/17/14
Maatta is suffering from an undisclosed illness and his return date is undetermined.
CS. Wilson
Late Dec
Leg
12/04/14
Wilson will miss up to three weeks due to a leg injury.
RWB. Bennett
I-R
Lower Body
12/17/14
Bennett is on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury. He has also been diagnosed with the mumps.
RWP. Dupuis
I-R
Illness
11/19/14
Dupuis was placed on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung. He will miss at least six months of action.
NEWS

Covers Preview - The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to set the pace in the Eastern Conference but could be severely short-handed when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Superstar captain Sidney Crosby has been sidelined for the past three games due to the mumps and three more teammates were tested for the disease Wednesday. Crosby skated on his own Wednesday and a decision on his availability will be determined at Thursday's morning skate.

 
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