Stastny Skates With Avs

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny skated with the team on Monday and could return to the lineup as early as Friday against the Washington Capitals.

Stastny has missed the last seven weeks with a broken right forearm.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the final minute of regulation of Colorado's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix on Dec. 23. He had surgery on the arm a week later and has missed the Avalanche's last 23 games.

Monday, Stastny worked with assistant coach Dave Barr on conditioning, puck-handling and shooting drills. He also practiced with the team on other drills.

Coach Tony Granato said Stastny has made progress but will sit out Tuesday night's game against Ottawa.

The Avalanche host the Senators before heading out on a six-game, 11-day road trip against Eastern Conference teams.

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