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Avalanche F Ryan O’Reilly will sit out 6th straight game with shoulder injury

DENVER – Colorado forward Ryan O’Reilly will miss his sixth straight game with a shoulder injury when the Avalanche host Minnesota on Thursday night.

Avs coach Joe Sacco said after the morning skate that he’s “hopeful” O’Reilly will be ready soon, but he won’t be available against the Wild.

O’Reilly has been out since crashing into the boards headfirst on Jan. 14 at Minnesota.

Peter Forsberg participated in the morning skate as he considers a comeback. He’s been testing his fitness and the strength of his chronically injured right foot to see if he can return.

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Forsberg had a solid skate Thursday. He sounded a bit discouraged the day before following an intense workout.

As for a return, Sacco said: “Peter’s the only one that’s going to be able to tell us really how he feels.”