Avalanche right wing P.A. Parenteau returned Jan. 21 from a 10-game absence due to a knee injury and played well, contributing an assist in a 5-2 loss to Toronto. He played two ensuing games before coach Patrick Roy decided to go back to the lines when Parenteau was unavailable — when the Avs went 8-1-1.

Parenteau surprisingly was a healthy scratch in Monday's 4-3 victory at Dallas and again Thursday against the visiting Minnesota Wild. He discussed the situation after the morning skate Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

"I'm not blind to the fact the team was hot when I wasn't playing, and I talked to Patty about that — it's tough to change your lineup when you're winning," Parenteau said. "I got back maybe a little too quick. I wasn't 100 percent — close to 100, but not quite. I'll be patient with it, no matter what happens. I'm going to be a good pro about it."

Roy reiterated that Parenteau is not in his doghouse. He's simply not fit for a fourth-line role, and Roy doesn't want to remove John Mitchell or Max Talbot from the Nathan MacKinnon-centered line or take Jamie McGinn off Matt Duchene's line with Ryan O'Reilly. Paul Stastny's line of left wing Gabe Landeskog and Alex Tanguay entered Thursday's game 14-1 when intact.