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Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar doubtful for game against Anaheim due to lower-body injury

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DENVER (鶹ýapp) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is doubtful for a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night due to a lower-body injury.

Makar skated with the team on a limited basis Tuesday morning at Ball Arena. He wasn’t in the lineup for a 4-1 loss to the Kings on Sunday in Los Angeles. Makar leads the league in assists (27) this season and is tied among defensemen in points (34).

The 25-year-old Makar is coming off a productive November that earned him the league’s second star of the month. He set single-month franchise records for a defenseman with 21 assists and 25 points in November.

Colorado forward Andrew Cogliano will miss the Anaheim game with a lower-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said. Bednar added that forward Valeri Nichushkin was under the weather but should be available to play.

The Avalanche open a five-game homestand after a 0-1-2 trip.

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