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Paul Stastny expected back in Avalanche lineup Saturday

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 23: Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center on November 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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After a brief absence from the Colorado Avalanche lineup, center Paul Stastny is expected to return Saturday against the Nashville Predators, according to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.

Stastny, 28, has missed the last two games due to a leg injury. He was originally thought to be healthy enough to keep playing without being taken out of the lineup at all, however head coach Patrick Roy had a change of plans in the lead-up to Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He suffered the injury seven days ago against the Minnesota Wild.

In 43 games this season, Stastny has 13 goals and 34 points. He was also red-hot prior to being removed from the lineup, with nine points in his last five games.

PA Parenteau, who has been out of the lineup since Dec. 29 with a knee injury, took part in Friday’s practice and is hoping to return against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, as per the Avalanche’s Twitter account.

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