The Avalanche are hoping to see at least one of the team's injured stars back in action as early as this evening.
Colorado's top three forwards -- captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny -- are back on the ice.
Sakic, who is recovering from hernia surgery, went through a light skate before practice Monday. It was the first time he has skated since November.
Smyth and Stastny participated in practice and both took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year's Eve.
Stastny, the team's leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He's listed as questionable for tonight's against Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville says Smyth could return to action this week.
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