Colorado defenseman Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch last week against Buffalo.
Barberio scored in the third period and Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots, helping the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Even though he was without a goal this season, Panthers coach Bob Boughner viewed Matheson as a valuable commodity to have on the ice during the five-minute, three-on-three OT session.
” He’s great in three-on-three, because he has such great speed and he moves his feet so well,” Boughner said
Winston’s return to practice came after he received an MRI Monday that showed he was ready to throw again, and the quarterback took the majority of reps during Wednesday’s practice.
“He threw the football fine, his arm strength was fine,” Koetter said. “I don’t think any guy that plays a skill position like that where timing is involved is going to take three weeks off and be perfect on the first day, but we’ll see how the week goes.”
Winston originally injured his shoulder in Week 6 when he took a hit from Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, and he was forced to leave the game in the second quarter while Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in for him.
Perhaps the biggest injury in Sunday’s game was to tight end Kyle Rudolph, who hurt his right foot and had just three catches for 41 yards and an 18-yard touchdown. Without one of his favorite targets for part of the game, Keenum had a tough day. He was under constant duress and completed 27 of his 44 pass attempts for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.