Colorado
Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche Tickets
Fantasy News
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Briere will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The 37-year-old Briere will be replaced in the lineup by Dennis Everberg, who was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Wednesday. It's unclear if the demotion to the press box will be a permanent one for Briere, as it will likely depend on how well the rookie Everberg meshes Thursday with John Mitchell and Alex Tanguay on the third line. Briere has two goals and three points over 10 games with the Avs on the season.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guenin will rejoin the Avs' lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Zach Redmond has emerged as coach Patrick Roy's preferred replacement option for Ryan Wilson (shoulder) on the third pairing, but Guenin will now receive the opportunity to make an impression of his own. Guenin hasn't played since Oct. 18 and hasn't provided a point in his four games this season.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov is set to make the start in goal Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov has helped the Avs come away with at least a point in his last five starts, but is still sitting on a losing record (1-2-3) for the season. He'll have a good shot at evening his record against the Islanders, who have struggled defensively for most of the season.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winchester appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: After taking contact in practices earlier this week, Winchester was donning an orange non-contact sweater at Thursday's morning skate, a sign that he's noticed a downgrade in his recovery. The fact that the Avs haven't shut down his on-ice activities entirely offers some encouragement, but it no longer looks as though Winchester will be activated in the coming days.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanguay scored a shorthanded goal in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Sharks, pushing his point streak to six games.
Impact: While he hasn't managed any multi-point games over the course of this streak, the veteran winger now has four goals on his ledger after opening the season with four pointless contests. While he sat out of Monday's practice with foot soreness, it didn't seem to affect him on the ice Tuesday.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hejda assisted on both of Colorado's goals in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Hejda's not known as much of an offensive contributor, but what he has been contributing in spades so far are hits and blocks -- 29 and 17, respectively. That gives him solid value in fantasy formats that count those peripheral stats.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov saved 49 of 51 shots Tuesday against the Sharks, but gave up two goals on two shootout tries to get stuck with the loss.
Impact: Varly's rate stats have been pretty strong -- if not quite at last year's level -- but he's taken overtime losses in three of his last four outings, so that extra time hasn't been kind to him. In fact, Varlamov has just one victory to show for his six starts this year. Quite a far cry from last year's 41 wins.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Everberg was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Wednesday.
Impact: The Avs play three games in a four-day period, starting Thursday against the Islanders, so they went ahead and brought Everberg up for some security depth. The 22-year-old Everberg has failed to record a point in five games with the NHL club this season, but he's chipped in two goals and an assist in five games with Lake Erie thus far.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanguay was held out of Monday's practice with a sore foot, but is expected to play Tuesday against the Sharks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The day off from practice essentially amounted to a maintenance day for Tanguay, who will enter Tuesday's contest riding a five-game point streak. With the talented trio of Matt Duchene and Jarome Iginla joining him on the second line and the power play, Tanguay should continue to generate points with regularity if his health remains intact.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will be in the net Tuesday against the Sharks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov has performed adequately in his two turns since returning from a groin injury, claiming a win over the Canucks and taking an overtime loss against the Jets while stopping 52 of 57 shot attempts in the process. In addition to his recent return to action, Varlamov has also remained in the news due to a civil lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend Monday, which alleges the goalie abused her for years prior to his arrest for domestic violence last October. Though the Kings suspended Slava Voynov indefinitely last week after he was arrested on domestic violence charges, Varlamov never faced a suspension following his arrest, and his playing status isn't expected to be affected by the ongoing litigation.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winchester (concussion) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Winchester participated in contact drills during Monday's practice, but apparently the team isn't quite comfortable with his game yet, so he's expected to make his return Thursday against the Islanders.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Johnson left Sunday's game with after being hit into the end boards, but he passed all concussion tests and will be play his usual allotment of minutes Tuesday.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winchester (concussion) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Winchester hasn't played since suffering a concussion during the preseason, but participated in contact drills in Monday's practice, and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (undisclosed) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Johnson left Sunday's game after going awkwardly into the end boards, but was participating in contact drills in Monday's practice, and seems like a safe bet to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Sharks.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson was removed from Sunday's game against the Jets after he was checked into the end boards in the second period, Drew Spevak of ESPN Denver reports.
Impact: Coach Patrick Roy didn't provide an update on Johnson's condition after the game, so his availability for the Avs' next game on Tuesday versus the Sharks will remain in question for the time being. Colorado is already down one defenseman with Ryan Wilson out two-to-three weeks with a shoulder injury, potentially putting the team's blue line in dire shape if Johnson, a top-pairing defenseman, is forced to miss time.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGinn scored the Avs' lone goal -- a power-play tally -- in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday.
Impact: McGinn has been logging time on the team's second power-play line, resulting in his second goal in as many games. He recorded career highs in goals and assists last year with 19 of each, and could put up similar numbers this season.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov recorded 26 saves, but suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime against the Jets on Sunday.
Impact: Varlamov played well in the loss, and was just 25 seconds away from going to a shootout. He has just one win in five starts as the Avs have stumbled out of the gate. Varly will likely continue to put up solid numbers in net, but the wins may not be there as often as they were a year ago.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will be in the net Sunday against the Jets, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov performed only so-so Friday in his first start since being sidelined with a groin injury, limiting the Jets to three goals on 29 shot attempts. Fortunately, the Avs' sputtering offense finally decided to show up Friday, busting out for seven scores in the runaway victory. It's probably a long shot for Varlamov to replicate last season's total of 41 wins, but if his mates play up to their talent level with any consistency, Varlamov should finish with a record well above .500.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Duchene had a goal and two assists Friday.
Impact: He has two goals and three assists in three games.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Iginla collected his first two goals for Colorado and had an assist, helping the Avalanche beat the Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.
Impact: Iginla has recorded all seven of his points in the last five games.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov made 26 saves on 29 shots in Friday's win over the Canucks.
Impact: It was the first win of the season for Varlamov, who got loads of offensive support in the blowout victory. Varlamov is an elite goaltender, and if the young Avalanche team in front of him can get going, expect him to rack up the wins -- much like he did last season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson netted a power-play goal, added an assist, and was a plus-2 in Friday's win over Vancouver.
Impact: Johnson only had one point entering Friday's game, but the blueliner played a key role in the blowout victory over the Canucks. Johnson continues to log big minutes at even strength and on the power play, meaning his production should begin to pick up. If the Avalanche start scoring more, as they did Friday, Johnson should start appearing on the scoresheet more frequently.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie collected a trio of assists in Friday's win over Vancouver.
Impact: After a slow start, Barrie has cranked up the offense, recording a goal and four assists in his last three games. Skating on the Avs' lethal power play, Barrie should surpass the career-high 38 points he recorded in 2013-14.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iginla netted two goals and added an assist in Friday's win over the Canucks.
Impact: Iginla also finished the night with five shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in 19:43 of ice time. Skating on the second line with Matt Duchene, Iginla has recorded seven points (two goals) in his past five games to go with a plus-3 rating. He appears to have hit his stride with the Avalanche, and fantasy owners should take advantage.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duchene had a goal, two assists and six shots on goal in Friday's win over the Canucks.
Impact: A dominant effort from Duchene, who has come alive after going scoreless in his first two games. The 23-year-old has three goals and six points in his last five games, to go with a plus-1 rating. Forget the slow start, this is the Duchene we have grown to know. The Avalanche broke out offensively Friday, and Duchene was right in the middle of it. Keep rolling him.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pickard was assigned to AHL Lake Erie on Friday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Pickard had been on hand for the last three games while Semyon Varlamov (groin) and Reto Berra (neck) dealt with injuries, but with both players now healthy, he'll head back to the minors. The 22-year-old Pickard predictably struggled in his first taste of NHL action, going 0-2 with a 3.65 GAA and .889 save percentage in his two appearances.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Patrick Roy confirmed Varlamov (groin) as the Avs' starter Friday against the Canucks.
Impact: Varlamov will officially be activated from injured reserve prior to Friday's game, with Calvin Pickard likely heading back to AHL Lake Erie in a corresponding move. The goalie missed only three games due to the groin injury and should man the net for the entirety of Friday's game, barring an early scoring barrage by the Canucks.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov returned from the IR to post 26 saves in Friday's win over Vancouver.
Impact: Varlamov needs to provide some stability on the back end for a club that's struggled to score early this season.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov was activated off injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: Varlamov has been announced as the starter for Friday's contest against the Canucks, so this was expected. The Avs sent Calvin Pickard back to AHL Lake Erie to make room on the roster.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Ryan Wilson (shoulder) set to miss the next two-to-three weeks, Redmond will see more time on the Avs' third defensive pairing, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Redmond has been a healthy scratch for all of the Avs' games this season, after he was brought in by Colorado on a two-year, $1.5 million contract in the offseason. The 26-year-old has showed some offensive ability in the minors with AHL St. John's last season, but he could struggle to offer much production while seeing only light minutes on the occasions he plays.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilson (shoulder) has been ruled out for two-to-three weeks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Wilson sustained the shoulder injury Tuesday night against the Panthers, after he collided with an opponent. After opening the season as a healthy scratch for the Avs, Wilson had started to settle back into regular duty on the third pairing, but it now looks like he'll be forced to injured reserve. Nate Guenin and Zach Redmond will now be tasked with replacing him.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winchester (concussion) has resumed taking part in non-contact drills, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Winchester is still awaiting clearance to participate in full-contact practices, so it's difficult to see him being activated from IR at any point this week. He's been out for three weeks with the head injury.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson is out with a shoulder injury.
Impact: The often-injured defenseman is expected to miss at least two weeks.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aittokallio was reassigned to AHL Lake Erie on Wednesday.
Impact: Semyon Varlamov (groin) has been cleared to return to action Friday against Vancouver, making Aittokallio expendable. The 22-year-old Aittokallio did not see the ice during his most recent stint with the NHL club and will now rejoin Lake Erie, with whom he went 15-15-3 with a 2.65 GAA and .909 save percentage last season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Berra had 32 saves Tuesday for the Avs.
Impact: Berra returned after missing two games with a neck injury suffered early in an overtime loss to Toronto.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: O'Reilly had two assists Tuesday.
Impact: O'Reilly doubled his season point total after a slow start to the campaign.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie scored a goal on the power play in a 4-3 OT loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
Impact: The goal was his first of the season, and third overall point through seven games. Barrie likely won't put up incredibly high numbers in those categories, but his use on the team's power-play units will make him a better fantasy asset than most at his position.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: O'Reilly assisted on two of the team's three goals in a 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of the Panthers on Tuesday.
Impact: O'Reilly hasn't been as productive as expected to this point in the season, but he was able to double his point total for the year in the loss. He also tallied five shots on net, so he could be in the process of breaking out of his early-season slump.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanguay scored a goal on one of his two shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
Impact: Tanguay got off to a slow start to the season, being held without a point through the first four games, but he's starting to heat up with goals in each of his last three. Coach Patrick Roy considered putting Tanguay on the team's first line in the preseason, and if he can work his way back there, he'd have considerable fantasy value.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra had 32 saves on Tuesday, but allowed four goals in an OT loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Berra had been dealing with a sore neck, but felt well enough to start in place of Semyon Varlamov, who has also been nursing an injury of his own (groin). Varlamov is expected to return from injured reserve and will likely get the start in Friday's contest against the Canucks, spelling an end to Berra's brief run as the Avs' No. 1 starter.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilson left Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury and will not return.
Impact: It's not clear what the extent of the injury is, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra (neck) will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Panthers.
Impact: Berra has dealt with a sore neck since being injured last Thursday, but it appears he is feeling good enough to play Tuesday. Berra has played just one full contest this season, but he has played well when he has been on the ice, giving up just one goal in 82:31 TOI.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra (neck) is expected to make the start against the Panthers on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Berra suffered a neck injury during Thursday's loss to the Senators and has been held off the ice since. While still not official, Berra was able to practice Monday and seems poised to make a return to the net Tuesday.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov (groin) will suit up for Friday's game against the Canucks.
Impact: Varlamov won't play Tuesday against the Panthers, but is expected to get the start Friday after the team has a couple days off. The netminder was on a cold streak before getting injured, going 0-2-1 and giving up a total of 10 goals in three games on the season.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Pickard made 33 saves Saturday against the Habs.
Impact: Pickard made his first career NHL start and his postgame comments reflected that. "It was crazy," Pickard said. "Playing at the Bell Centre, coming out to that music. You watch it on TV all the time. It's special. And to be in the net starting at the other end against Carey Price, it's a pretty cool feeling. It was a good experience for me, but not the result we wanted."
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duchene unleashed 10 shot attempts -- finding the net for his second goal of the season in the third period -- in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: The 10 shots nearly doubled the 12 combined attempts Duchene racked up in the Avs' first five games. While he seems to be working his way out of a sluggish start to the season, Duchene will need his fellow linemates to step things up quickly if he hopes to surpass his 2013-14 output of 70 points.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pickard took the loss in his first NHL start Saturday versus the Canadiens, surrendering three goals on 36 shots.
Impact: Pickard was excellent throughout most of the night, but as was the case when he replaced Reto Berra (neck) early in Thursday's game, he was done in by one bad period. After Pickard stopped their first 20 shots, the Habs tallied all three of their scores in a 14-minute span during the second period. Considering Pickard's lack of experience as well as the harsh road environment of Montreal's Bell Centre, the Avs have to be satisfied with how he performed. In the event Berra is unable to play Tuesday against the Panthers, Pickard figures to receive a second consecutive start.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra (neck) will be scratched for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Calvin Pickard will be between the pipes Saturday. The Avalanche are still labeling Berra's injury as a day-to-day concern, but he was limited to off-ice work at Saturday's morning skate. It's too early to say whether or not he'll be available for the Avs' next tilt with the Panthers on Tuesday, but with Semyon Varlamov (groin) likely to return to action later next week, it appears Berra won't be healthy enough to take full advantage of his temporary run as the team's No. 1 starter.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pickard will make his first career NHL start Saturday against the Canadiens, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With Reto Berra (neck) limited to off-ice work at Saturday's morning skate, the Avs will turn the net over to Pickard, who relieved an injured Berra on Thursday night. Pickard fared well for the first two periods of action Thursday before melting down late in the loss to the Canadiens. The lack of an NHL track record makes it difficult to justify rolling with Pickard on Saturday outside of deeper formats, especially with one of the league's top netminders in Carey Price opposing him.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Berra has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: Berra got hurt in the opening minutes of a 5-3 loss at Ottawa on Thursday. He was starting in place of the injured Semyon Varlamov. It's unclear how long Berra will be out, but it gives Calvin Pickard a chance to play.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: After Reto Berra was injured early, Pickard stopped 23 shots in his NHL debut, a 5-3 loss to Ottawa on Thursday night.
Impact: With Berra's status is unknown, Pickard might get another start in Colorado's visit to Montreal on Saturday.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon had a pair of assists in a 5-3 loss to Ottawa on Thursday night.
Impact: Last season's rookie of the year had one assist in his first four games.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landeskog registered his first tally of the season -- a first-period power-play goal -- in Thursday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: Landeskog's goal snapped an 0-for-13 drought on the power play to begin the season for the Avs, while also ending the forward's personal dry spell. Counting his scoreless five games in the preseason, Landeskog had gone without a point in nine straight contests before nabbing the goal Tuesday. His offense should come around eventually, but given the early hole he's put himself in, it might be difficult for him to surpass last season's total of 65 points.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Everberg was assigned to AHL Lake Erie on Friday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: After surprisingly cracking the Avs' Opening Night roster on the heels of a strong training camp, Everberg disappeared through the team's first five games, posting a minus-2 rating with no points. With John Mitchell (head) returning to action and immediately receiving run on the third line, the Avs determined Everberg was better served refining his game in the minors, rather than seeing light minutes on the checking line.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aittokallio was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Friday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The call-up of Aittokallio would appear to signal that Reto Berra won't be ready to go before Saturday's game against the Canadiens, and quite possibly, even longer. With No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve through at least Oct. 24, coach Patrick Roy will likely turn to either Aittokallio or Calvin Pickard for the next two games, after both were in the minors just days earlier. Neither goalie looks like an especially attractive streaming option in the short term, especially with the 1-3-1 Avs struggling in multiple facets right now.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) christened his return from injured reserve Thursday against the Senators with a shorthanded goal in the first period.
Impact: Mitchell saw 13:02 of ice time in his season debut, winning eight of his 14 faceoffs. He began the game on the Avs' fourth line, but it didn't take long for coach Patrick Roy to elevate him up to the third line by game's end. Though not a prominent scorer, Mitchell has been able to deliver a goal in his first game of the season for three years running.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanguay collected his first point of the season with a goal in the second minute of Thursday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: Tanguay became a hot waiver wire pickup after he opened the season in a top-six role, and while he still remains tied to Nathan MacKinnon on the second or third line, he's failed to provide the offensive spark the Avs have been looking for. He's mustered only six shots on goal while averaging 16:50 of ice time over five games.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon finished with two assists and a team-high seven shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: MacKinnon has seen both his position and linemates change at several points in the early going, as coach Patrick Roy continues to look for the right combinations to get the Avs out of their funk. It's resulted in rather tepid production for MacKinnon to date (no goals, three assists, and a minus-3 rating in five games), but it's too early to sound the alarm just yet. Perhaps Thursday's strong performance will prove to be the breakthrough outing he needed.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra is believed to have suffered a head or neck injury during Thursday's loss to the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The injury occurred when Ottawa's Mark Stone collided with Berra in the crease just three minutes into the game. He was the second Avs goalie to fall victim to injury that day, as Semyon Varlamov was placed on injured reserve just hours before the game with a bothersome groin. The Avalanche didn't issue an update on Berra's condition after the game, but if the injury prevents him from missing further action, the Avs will have to cast their lot with fresh call-up Calvin Pickard in goal. Pickard made his NHL debut in relief of Berra on Thursday, stopping just 23 of 27 shot attempts.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, the Avalanche haven't placed Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve, but will do so if he is unable to start Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avs' official website lists Varlamov on injured reserve, but no roster move will become official until the team assesses the goalie's health during pregame warmups. Coach Patrick Roy made it known at morning skate earlier in the day that the team doesn't want to play Varlamov if his groin is bothering him in any capacity, so backup Reto Berra will be on standby to man the net Thursday as a contingency plan.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov (groin) is listed on injured reserve on the Avs' official website.
Impact: The team hasn't issued an official announcement of the news just yet, but it looks like the groin issue that was bothering Varlamov during Thursday's morning skate will keep him out for at least a couple of games. Since Varlamov most recently started Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, he won't be eligible to return to action until Oct. 24 against the Canucks. Reto Berra will operate as the Avs' No. 1 goalie in the interim, with the team likely to recall Calvin Pickard from AHL Lake Erie to back him up.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Winchester is on injured reserve.
Impact: He's out with a concussion.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pickard, who had been recalled earlier in the day to back up Reto Berra in Semyon Varlamov's (groin) absence, ended up being pressed into action just a couple minutes into Thursday's game against the Sens, when Berra was forced from the game with a leg injury. He stopped 23 of 27 shot attempts in a losing effort.
Impact: With both the Avs' top minders out of commission in the short term, it seems quite possible that Pickard -- the Avs' second-round pick in 2010 -- has another start or two ahead of him. He'd gotten off to a hot start for AHL Lake Erie, posting a .952 save mark over two games, but was understandably shaky in his NHL debut.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Colorado Avalanche have placed Varlamov on injured reserve with a groin ailment. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, when the Russian goalie possibly tweaked his groin in a 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto.
Impact: Varlamov is 0-2-1 with a 3.80 goals-against average so far this season. He shined last season with Patrick Roy behind the bench, leading the NHL with 41 wins. That mark also broke Roy's franchise record for most victories in a single season. Reto Berra will fill in until Varlamov returns to the net.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra left Thursday's start against the Senators with an apparent right leg injury, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The news represents a doomsday scenario for the Avs, who placed Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve earlier in the day and were counting on Berra to hold down the fort for at least the next three games. The severity of his injury isn't known yet, but he seemed to be in a lot of pain after colliding with Ottawa's Mark Stone. The recently recalled Calvin Pickard, who wasn't even at morning skate earlier in the day, will take over in the net for Berra while the Avalanche await word on his prognosis.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After the Avalanche placed Semyon Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve earlier in the day, Berra will be called upon to make the start Thursday night against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Though Varlamov's groin injury is considered minor, the move to injured reserve ensures that he won't be available until at least Oct. 24 against the Canucks, likely guaranteeing Berra a run of three consecutive starts. The added short-term workload for Berra could make him a worthwhile speculative add, as he'll likely be able to rack up some saves and perhaps steal a win or two during his run as the Avs' top goalie. However, Berra's career 2.97 GAA and .896 save percentage may make him toxic for fantasy owners looking to solidify their ratios.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pickard was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Thursday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With the Avs moving Semyon Varlamov to injured reserve earlier in the day, Pickard will join the Avs to serve as the backup to Reto Berra. Colorado is expected to start Berra in all three games before Varlamov's projected return Oct. 24 against the Canucks, so it's very likely that Pickard never sees the ice during his stay with the parent club.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov's (groin) was formally placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: Varlamov's groin injury is considered mild and the goalie was initially planning to play through the ailment, but it sounds like he may have tweaked it during Thursday's morning skate. As a result, Varlamov will rest for the next handful of games with the hope that the issue clears up completely. He's expected to return from IR when immediately eligible Oct. 24 against the Canucks, but the Avs will likely turn to Reto Berra as their starting goalie for their next three games.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra could make the start in goal Thursday against the Senators if Semyon Varlamov (groin) is unable to play, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov was in the starter's crease at morning skate, but coach Patrick Roy said that if the groin injury is still bothering him during pregame warmups, Berra would likely be called upon to make his second start in three games. Berra played well in his first start of the season Monday against the Bruins, stopping 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 victory.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winchester (concussion) was moved to injured reserve Thursday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Winchester didn't travel with the Avs for their two-game road swing and has yet to receive clearance for practice while he continues to experience concussion-like symptoms. With his return to action not particularly close, the Avs decided to stash him on IR, clearing the way for John Mitchell's (head) activation.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) will be activated from injured reserve and play Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell would be used as either a center or wing on the first line in his season debut. Mitchell thrived as the Avs' third-line center of choice last season with 32 points and a plus-13 rating over 75 games, but the additions of Jarome Iginla, Dennis Everberg and a healthy Alex Tanguay to the Avs' top-nine forward ranks could relegate Mitchell to bottom-line duty until further notice.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though he was the first goalie to leave the ice at morning skate, Varlamov is questionable to start Thursday against the Senators due to a groin injury, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: It's not clear whether Varlamov sustained the injury in his start Tuesday against the Maple Leafs or at the morning skate, but either way, it doesn't sound like his status for Thursday night will be known until pregame warmups. Given the injury concern, it's possible that even if Varlamov ends up starting Thursday, he could get the hook if he struggles early. The nagging groin combined with his rough start to the season (0-2-1, 3.80 GAA, .910 save percentage) might make it worthwhile for fantasy owners to avoid using him Thursday if other options exist.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will be in the crease Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov (0-2-1) is still searching for his first win on the season, but he'll need some better support from his defense in order to get off the schneid. While Varlamov hasn't been especially sharp in his own right, he's still facing an average of 37 shots in his first three starts. Perhaps a matchup against a poor possession team like the Senators will allow the Avs to control the puck most of the night and keep their goalie's workload relatively light.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) could play Thursday against the Senators.
Impact: Mitchell has been dealing with migraines the last several weeks, but he has been cleared to play by team doctors, and could take the ice as soon as Thursday. Mitchell should play soon if he does not Thursday, but expect an update on his status whenever he officially comes off injured reserve.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landeskog has failed to record a point in Colorado's first four games of the season, firing just six shots on net and skating to a minus-2 rating in the process.
Impact: Yes, it's early -- and the Avs as a whole have struggled to score out of the gate -- but Landy's owners have got to be a little bit bothered. It also doesn't help that he registered just a single assist and no goals in five preseason games, either. Compound that with the fact that critics around the league are citing advanced statistics to predict a significant regression for the Avs this season based on their poor puck possession numbers, and we could be inching toward discussions of potential fantasy letdowns in Denver this year. Landeskog should be fine, but he and other stars like Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, and even sophomore sensation Nathan MacKinnon, could prove to be disappointing selections relative to where they were drafted. Look for the 21-year-old Swede to make an impact on Colorado's upcoming road trip against the Senators and Canadiens.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: McGinn scored his first goal of the season in Monday's win over Boston.
Impact: After two shutout losses, McGinn's goal was Colorado's first of the season. The 26-year-old scored 19 goals in 79 games for the Avalanche last season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Briere scored the game-winning goal as time expired Monday in Colorado's 2-1 win over Boston.
Impact: The goal was Briere's 300th career goal and also his first of the season. He scored 13 goals in 69 games for the Montreal Canadiens last season.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov was pulled after allowing five goals in Colorado's season-opening defeat.
Impact: Mikael Granlund replaced Varlamov in the third period. Varlamov allowed five or more goals on four occasions last season.