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Coach Patrick Roy is happy to have Alex Tanguay back in the lineup.

"He brings something so important to this team when he's playing with Paul (Stastny) and (Gabe Landeskog)," Roy said. The Avalanche has a 14-1 record when he's been in the lineup. Tanguay, who has a goal and an assist in two games since returning to the fold, has 11 points in 15 games this season.

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Alex Tanguay looked pretty good in his return from hip and knee injuries that sidelined him for 36 games but he won't play in back-to-back games so he will sit out Saturday against Tampa.

Taguay skated on a line with Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog and registered an assist in 17:10 minutes of ice time. Tanguay certainly was a bit apprehensive about playing after such a long layoff. "I was nervous, but most of my anxiousness was health-wise," Tanguay said. "But I came out feeling pretty good, so that's the great news for me and I hope it's going to keep going that way." Avs' coach Patrick Roy seemed pretty pleased with Tanguay's performance. "I thought he looked good," Roy said of Tanguay. If Tanguay was discarded during his recovery, you may want to make him a waiver wire target next week.

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The Colorado Avalanche have activated Alex Tanguay (hip/knee).

Tanguay was already expected to return on Friday, but now it's confirmed. He's projected to play alongside Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog after missing 36 straight contests.

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Alex Tanguay practiced alongside Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog during Thursday's practice.

If he's pain-free after Friday's morning skate then he'll be back in the lineup. Tanguay has missed 36 games with knee and hip injuries, but he appears to be set to return. Get ready to put him back in your lineup if you normally would.

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Alex Tanguay is scheduled to return to Colorado's lineup on Friday.

He has missed 36 games with knee and hip problems, but he's been cleared to return. "I'm just hoping to do my part. I know I can help this team," Tanguay said. "I'm very nervous (but) anxious to get back playing. Certainly I will have some nerves in the next couple games."

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Alex Tanguay (hip/knee) might play in Friday's game.

Colorado's decision to demote Brad Malone could be seen as evidence that Tanguay's return is imminent. Tanguay hasn't played since Nov. 2 due to knee and then hip problems.

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Alex Tanguay is very close to returning to action.

He has been out of the lineup since November 2nd with hip and knee injuries but had a pain free practice Friday and seems very close to getting game-participation clearance. Although there is no firm date for Tanguay's return, it looks like it could be next week sometime. Get ready to activate Tanguay if you need him.

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Alex Tanguay (hip/knee) is getting close to returning to the lineup.

He has resumed skating with his teammates and he still listed as day-to-day.

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Alex Tanguay (hip/knee) practiced with his teammates in a non-contact role Thursday.

"Right now, he's pacing himself. I'd say he's probably going at 60 or 70 percent," coach Patrick Roy said. "Next week, we want to see some strength in the knee and his hip, so next week he's going to push hard and we'll have a better indication whether he's capable or not of coming back." He has been out of action sine Nov. 2.

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Alex Tanguay (hip) joined the Colorado Avalanche for their Wednesday morning skate.

"He looked good," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of Tanguay. "It's good for us. As long as things are going well for him, we're behind him on this." If Tanguay suffers a setback, there's a real possibility that he'll end up undergoing season-ending hip surgery.