It was a surprise to many when Tyson Barrie was demoted to Lake Erie a couple of weeks ago. He had seemingly played well enough with the Avalanche to stick around, but when Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson returned from injuries, the Avs chose to send Barrie back down.

Barrie is back. With Wilson re-injuring an ankle that will put him out indefinitely and Stefan Elliott not showing enough in his latest stint with the Avs, Barrie was recalled Monday and could play Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames.

"Maybe I was a little surprised when (the demotion) happened, but it happens in hockey, and I was one of the easier guys to move, with a two-way contract," Barrie said. "I got a chance to go back there and play some more, and it was good, but I'm happy to be back."

Barrie missed a few days recently with a slight hip injury, but said it is fine now.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound defenseman was the first blueliner to score a goal for Colorado this season. He and Ryan O'Byrne remain the only two. In 15 games, he has a goal and five assists, with a minus-2.

"I definitely feel more confident this year. But anytime I'm here, I know I have to be at my best," Barrie said.

The Avs used seven defensemen at practice Tuesday, so it remains to be seen whether Barrie will play Wednesday and with whom he's paired. He had mostly been paired with Jan Hejda previously.