GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Avalanche again will be at the mercy of a doctor's prognosis today, when the condition of one of Ryan Smyth's ankles will be determined. Early indications, however, are not good.
Smyth needed help from two Avalanche teammates to get from his locker stall to another room following Monday night's 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix.
X-ray results won't be known until today, but Smyth's availability for Wednesday's rematch with Phoenix seems highly doubtful. Smyth took a couple of big hits in the game, but how he hurt himself was not known. Smyth was not available for comment.
Although he would not comment on the officiating after the game — and risk a fine from the NHL — Avs coach Joel Quenneville was not happy with some of the work of referees Don Koharski and Tom Kowal.
Quenneville stood on the bench and screamed after an interference call on Avs defender Scott Hannan in the third period, and waved his hand in disgust over a non-call with eight seconds left, after Cody McCormick clearly had his skate hooked out from under him, costing the Avs a power play in overtime.
Bargain of the year.
Maybe the best front-office move of 2007 in the NHL was Phoenix picking up goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers from Anaheim. The Russian has helped the Coyotes get to the .500 mark after a slow start.
"I think (Detroit general manager) Kenny Holland put it best: You've got to put in your hours, do your homework, and you've got to get a little lucky," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "In this case, we definitely got a little lucky."