Originally posted on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 12/6/11
VANCOUVER — Avalanche defenseman Stefan Elliott grew up here, and before family and friends, the offensively gifted 20-year-old hopes to bounce back from the struggles he had in Sunday’s 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in tonight’s game against the Canucks. Colorado coach Joe Sacco will again go with an 11-forward, seven-defensemen lineup, with Elliott sharing time with Ryan O’Byrne, Shane O’Brien, Erik Johnson, Jan Hejda, Kyle Quincey and Ryan Wilson. “Grew up playing all my minor hockey here,” Elliott said after this morning’s skate at Rogers Arena. “It’s definitely pretty special, growing up watching the Canucks all the time, finally stepping foot on the ice. Playing against them (will be) pretty special.” Elliott logged just 8:57 of ice time against the Red Wings, in the first game back for Johnson, who missed the five previous games with a groin injury. Elliott was called up when Johnson was on injured reserve, and Elliott scored the game-winning goal in his NHL debut, a...
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