News: Tanguay notched a goal and a power-play assist Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Like a lot of the Avs' skill players, he's lit aflame recently, with goals in thee consecutive games and a point-per-game pace over 11 March contests. He now has his ninth season of 50 or more points, and his first since tallying 69 with Calgary in 2010-11.
News: O'Reilly extended his point streak to six games Tuesday with two assists -- one on the power play -- and a plus-1 rating in a 4-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: He's got a whopping 11 points over this six-game span and 15 in 11 March games on the whole, so O'Reilly's about as hot as they come right now. This big run of production has helped him leapfrog the 50-point mark now, putting a nice finish and some optimism for next year on what's been a disappointing season overall.
News: Landeskog scored a power-play goal and dished out an assist Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: That's points in three straight and seven points in the last five games for Landeskog, who's at least partially compensated for his severe struggles throughout the first half of the season by rounding into form for the second half. March has been his strongest month by far, as he's racked up six goals and 14 points in 11 games.
News: Berra allowed just a single tally on 34 shots Thursday in a 4-1 win over Vancouver.
Impact: This was Berra's first start in more than four months, dating all the way back to Nov. 25, though he did make six relief appearances in the interim. But a fine outing it was, coming as it did on the heels of a very strong relief appearance Wednesday in Edmonton. With nothing left for the Avs to play for, they may roll Berra out a few more times in the season's final games as they try to evaluate their backup situation for next year.
News: Winchester (concussion) has been cleared to travel with the Avalanche during their road trip, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Winchester appears to have put his long battle with post-concussion symptoms behind him, but it's not apparent when or if he'll enter the lineup again this season. He has yet to play all season after enduring the concussion during training camp, and with repeated setbacks interrupting his progress along the way, the Avalanche may be inclined to have him pack it for the year and prepare for camp next fall.
News: Berra will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Canucks, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Though coach Patrick Roy's initial schedule called for Varlamov to get the start Thursday, that plan changed when the goalie was pulled midway through the first period of Wednesday's loss to the Oilers after allowing three goals on seven shots. Berra played very well in relief of Varlamov with 26 saves on 27 shots, and with the Avs' playoff hopes effectively dashed with the loss, Berra could get some more work down the stretch. Berra has essentially been in Roy's doghouse all season, but with nine games remaining on the schedule, it's a good time for the organization to figure out what the lightly used netminder can do.
News: Though coach Patrick Roy previously indicated earlier in the week that Varlamov would start Thursday against the Canucks, Reto Berra will instead receive the nod for the Avalanche, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: After Varlamov was pulled early in Wednesday's loss to the Oilers upon surrendering three goals on seven shots, Roy said he would "think about" whether he'd stick with the plan to give the goalie another turn Thursday. With Roy evidently changing his mind, Varlamov will earn a rest that was probably long overdue, as he's started 28 of the Avs' last 29 games in goal. Wednesday's loss almost certainly ends the Avs' playoff hopes, so it's possible that Roy could rest Varlamov with even more frequency over the final few contests.
News: Barrie assisted on a power-play goal by Jerome Iginla in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Barrie has a knack for setting up scores from the blue line, hence his running total of 36 helpers this season alone. Also, his plus-6 rating is solid, especially when you consider that his team owns a goal differential of minus-9. Pat yourself on the back if you had the foresight to draft Barrie for what has been a breakout season.
News: O'Reilly racked up a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: O'Reilly extended his recent point streak, and now has nine points in his last five games. The center currently sits at 14 goals and 35 assists through 73 games on the season, and should end the season with at least 50 points for the third time in his career.
News: Tanguay picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: The veteran winger continued his stellar season, and now has six points in his last five games. He currently has 21 goals and 28 assists in 71 games, and sports an impressive plus-2 rating for the struggling Avs.
News: Berra saved 26 of 27 shots in a relief effort against Edmonton on Wednesday. The Avalanche lost, 4-3.
Impact: Berra replaced Semyon Varlamov with 10:24 remaining in the first period. It was Berra's first appearance since March 10 and could potentially be his last of the season, depending on how coach Patrick Roy and his staff approach the final nine games of the season.