Originally written on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 12/17/11
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With Kyle Quincey out tonight with a groin injury, the Avalanche is, in my mind opinion, missing its top two defensemen. Ryan Wilson, who went from undrafted free agent to a top-four D-man for any NHL team, remains out with a head injury and Vancouver’s Max Lapierre goes unpunished. Wilson’s head was smashed against the glass by Lapierre in a game last week in Vancouver. No penalty. Shortly after that hit, Kevin Porter collided with Vancouver’s David Booth and received a kneeing major, game DQ and ensuing four-game suspension. Porter’s suspension is now over (but he’s not in the lineup tonight). Judging from head injuries these days, Wilson could be out for the season, or longer. I know the Avs are fuming about this. Coach Joe Sacco gave me his politically correct response this morning: “The league obviously looked at it (and) didn’t think it was worthy of any fine or suspension for that player. The unfortunate part for me, and our organization and our team, is that we lose one of...
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