Avalanche pregame: Sven Andrighetto back in lineup at Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Swiss forward Sven Andrighetto is back in the Avalanche lineup after being banished from it Thursday in a 3-0 win against the visiting Dallas Stars.

Andrighetto, who has played in 38 of 39 games for Colorado since being acquired late last season, will play left wing on the Alex Kerfoot-centered line in Friday afternoon’s game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

“I like the way he handled our meeting the other day, and he had two really good days of practice,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Andrighetto on Friday. “When I talked to him about being a healthy scratch, I liked the way he handled it. I think he’s in agreement with me on why he was out and I look for him to come back and respond.”

Andrighetto, 24, has a team-worst minus-8 rating but Bednar said that’s not why he was benched.

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“I think a lot of those (minuses) came early on. It’s just certain things we want to see of his game away from the puck, and get a little bit more competitive and hungry like he was earlier in the year and last year,” Bednar said.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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