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Squash the rumors: Avs star Mikko Rantanen hasn’t returned to the injury list

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on Monday quieted the rumors that Mikko Rantanen suffered a setback after returning from a 16-game injury absence Saturday when the star right winger had a four-point game in a 7-3 rout over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rantanen didn’t play in the third period Saturday and didn’t practice Monday, even though the team had Sunday off. But Bednar said Rantanen is “expected” to be in the lineup Wednesday when Colorado begins a three-game road trip against the Maple Leafs.

The Avs (16-8-2) won’t practice Tuesday before flying to Toronto.