News: Pickard stopped all 17 of the shots he faced for his first NHL win Saturday against Carolina.
Impact: Pikcard didn't start Saturday's game, but was called upon in the first period after starter Reto Berra was pulled. Berra gave up three goals on 10 shots, but Pickard was able to step in and help the team comeback to defeat the Canes. With the way Berra has struggled this season, there is a chance Pickard could stick with the Avalanche once starter Semyon Varlamov (groin) returns from injury. The 22-year-old youngster is 1-2-0 this season with a respectable .913 save percentage and 2.66 GAA.
News: Berra was yanked Saturday against the Hurricanes after giving up three goals on 10 shots.
Impact: Calvin Pickard relieved Berra in the first period, stopping all 17 shots he faced to help the Avs comeback to defeat the Canes. Berra has struggled this season, posting a 2-2-1 record with a .895 save percentage and 3.16 GAA. With the way Pickard played Saturday, there is a chance Berra could get sent down to the AHL once Semyon Varlamov (groin) returns. Even if the Avs decide to keep Berra as the backup, he hasn't done anything to show he can be counted on in fantasy.
News: Johnson earned first-star honors in Saturday's win over Carolina, scoring his third goal of the season, firing four shots on goal, dishing out four hits, and logging a team-high 25:00 of ice time.
Impact: Johnson has been very reliable this season, contributing four goals and 12 points in 21 games. Any defenseman who can regularly contribute points is always a big asset in fantasy. Keep the 26-year-old workhorse rolling.
News: Iginla had a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The second line of Iginla, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog was flying Saturday, combining for seven points in the victory. Iginla has produced a lowly 12 points (three goals) in 21 games this season, putting him on pace to not even reach the 50-point mark. What's most disappointing is Iginla is also on pace to post the lowest goal total of his 18-season NHL career. While he might have struggled this season, his excellent play Saturday could be sign of things to come. He may be 37 years old, but with two budding youngsters on his line, Iginla is getting the opportunity to pile up some points. He's due to start producing more.
News: Redmond scored twice, had four shots on goal, and was a plus-3 in Saturday's win over Carolina.
Impact: The 26-year-old logged an impressive 19:44 of ice time in the win, picking up his fifth and sixth points of of the season. The fact Redmond is skating on the first power-play unit and has scored three goals in just 10 games makes him worth a look in some deeper leagues. He's only played 28 NHL games, but he's produced 13 points in that span.
News: MacKinnon dished out a career-high three assists and was a plus-2 in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: That's five assists in two games for MacKinnon, who is up to 16 points (five goals) in 21 games on the season. MacKinnon is looking much better of late, scoring five times in his last 11 games after opening the season with no goals in his first 10 games. With his linemate Gabriel Landeskog starting to heat up, look for MacKinnon to take it up a notch in the near future. He could easily hit 70 points this season.
News: Landeskog collected two assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Landeskog is now on a three-game point streak but still hasn't scored a goal in 11 games. While his recent production has been nice, this goal drought just isn't acceptable for a guy who found twine 26 times last season. Skating on the second line and top power-play unit with Nathan Mackinnon, the goals will come sooner or later for Landeskog. The 22-year-old is starting to heat up, which is key for the Avs, as the captain has produced just 10 points on the season thus far.
News: The Avs are labeling Tanguay (facial fracture) as day-to-day.
Impact: It appeared the Avalanche were going with the "out indefinitely" tag with Tanguay after he took a puck to the face Thursday night, but their evaluation Friday evidently showed the injury wasn't severe as expected. He'll still be forced out of action Saturday against the Hurricanes, with his availability in question for the team's next game Tuesday as well.
News: The Avs are considering Stuart (hamstring) day-to-day at this point.
Impact: Stuart was moved to injured reserve Friday, but that was strictly procedural, as a rash of injuries to the Avs' forward ranks forced them to recall a trio of players from the minors. It's not clear what Stuart's on-ice activity has been like of late, but the day-to-day tag would seem to imply that he's nearing a return.
News: Mitchell will sit out Saturday's game against the Hurricanes with a leg injury.
Impact: The Avalanche have been absolutely decimated by injuries of late, as the team was forced to move all of Dennis Everberg, Jamie McGinn and Brad Stuart to injured reserve a day earlier to get some healthy bodies onto the active roster. Mitchell's concern looks minor by comparison and he's being labeled as day-to-day, but the forward will probably need to get in a practice before the Avalanche use him in a game.