Avs winger injured right ankle vs. Preds

Updated: April 5, 2004, 12:05 AM ET

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche star left wing Paul Kariya injured his right ankle late in the third period of Sunday's regular-season finale, putting in doubt his status for the playoffs.

Kariya went down with 2:21 remaining. He was tied up with Nashville Predators right wing Scott Hartnell, twisted his right leg while falling to the ice and had to be helped to the locker room.

Kariya did not return as the Avalanche lost 2-1 in overtime.

"We'll know more (Monday)," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "Hopefully, it looked worse than it was. That's all we know."

The Avalanche host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Kariya, 29, battled a wrist injury in his first season with Colorado and totaled a career-low 11 goals and 25 assists in 51 games.