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Mitchell (leg) contributed a goal, assist, two PIM and four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Sabres.

Just for good measure, Mitchell laid two hits and blocked three shots defensively, making for a strong all-around outing in his return from injured reserve. He's been a quality depth center for the Avs over the last two seasons, but injury issues have somewhat limited his overall impact.

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Mitchell (leg) will be activated from injured reserve in advance of Saturday's game against the Sabres, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell is set to center the Avs' third line, with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla flanking him on the wings. Injury issues have limited Mitchell to 17 of a possible 31 games this season, with the 29-year-old contributing six points over those contests.

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Mitchell (leg) will not return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell's participation in Wednesday's practice looked like it would be enough to ensure his return to the lineup, but the team will give him a little more time to regain some conditioning. He's still expected to play in one or both of the remaining two games on the Avs' road trip.

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Mitchell (leg) is probable to return to the lineup Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell resumed skating with the team last Friday and seems to be on track to get in a full practice or two by the time the Avalanche play their next game. He would likely slot in as the Avs' third-line center if he's indeed activated prior to Thursday's contest.

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Mitchell (leg) joined his teammates on the ice for a limited portion of Friday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It doesn't appear Mitchell has been cleared for contact work, but his appearance during the practice nonetheless qualifies as a positive sign. The Avalanche don't yet have a timetable for his return.

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The Avalanche placed Mitchell (leg) on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Nov. 29.

Mitchell has already been sidelined over a week, so he will be eligible to resume playing whenever he is healthy. However, his return does not appear imminent, so the Avalanche decided to place on injured reserve in order to open a roster spot for Dennis Everberg.

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Mitchell (leg) will miss his third straight game Tuesday against the Predators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It sounds like the Avalanche are viewing Mitchell as out indefinitely at this time, providing little clarity as to when he might be able to return to the lineup. The Avalanche have recalled Paul Carey and Borna Rendulic over the last two games to help round out their forward corps.

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Mitchell (leg) will miss his second straight game Thursday versus the Flames, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell hasn't been on the ice since suffering the ailment Saturday night, just the latest setback in an injury-riddled campaign for the forward. He has six points in 17 games on the season.

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Mitchell is doubtful to return to Saturday's game against the Stars after suffering a leg injury.

Mitchell entered Saturday's game with a preexisting leg injury, although it's still unclear whether or not Saturday's injury is related or fresh. With his return in doubt, he should be considered day-to-day moving forward into Monday's game against the Canadiens.

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Mitchell (leg) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.

Mitchell was a full participant in Friday's practice and was given clearance to return following a three-game absence. The forward has three goals and five points in 16 games this season.