Avalanche: Goalie J.S. Giguere left the team to travel to Montreal for the funeral of his mother. He will rejoln the team for its game Tuesday in Detroit. The Avs had yet to call up a replacement goalie as of Saturday night. ... Defensemen Erik Johnson (concussion) and Ryan Wilson (ankle) both practiced Saturday, albeit in non-contact jerseys, and will travel with the team on its three-game road trip. Avs coach Joe Sacco said neither player will play against Columbus, but will be re-evaluated on a daily basis after that. ... The Avs have at least one point in their last three games. ... The Avs shut out Columbus at home in their only other meeting of the season.

Blue Jackets: Columbus has some injury problems of its own, with defensemen James Wisniewski out with a broken foot and Jack Johnson day to day with a shoulder problem. Center Derick Brassard is out with an upper-body injury. ... The Blue Jackets recently hired a new general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, to replace Scott Howson, who was fired.