Colorado Avalanche Player News: All Positions

News: MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Devils.
Impact: It's his fourth multi-point performance in the last six games, and MacKinnon now has 37 goals and 91 points on the season -- his second straight campaign with 90-plus. With Colorado trying desperately to leapfrog Arizona and Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, expect the team's 23-year-old superstar to stay hot over the final weeks.
News: Barrie scored two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Devils.
Impact: His tally early in the second period proved to be the game-winner, and he followed it up with his ninth goal of the season about nine minutes later. Barrie has amassed three goals and 10 points in his last 13 games, with five of his helpers coming on the power play, to hit the 50-point mark for the third time in his career.
News: Grubauer turned aside all 22 shots he faced in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Devils.
Impact: The 27-year-old has three shutouts on the season, and they've all come since Feb. 23. His numbers on the season remain mediocre, but Grubauer has an improbable 0.90 GAA and .966 save percentage over his last seven appearances, and his heroic efforts are keeping the Avalanche's faint playoff hopes alive.
News: Grubauer will start in goal Sunday against the visiting Devils, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Impact: While the Devils have been eliminated from playoff contention, they're vying for their third consecutive win. Grubauer's record stands at 11-9-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .901 save percentage in his first year with the Avs -- those are mediocre numbers, but the German could have a chip on his shoulder after his allied skaters came up empty in his 32-save loss to the Hurricanes on Monday.
News: Varlamov allowed four goals on 36 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Ducks on Friday.
Impact: The 30-year-old has gone ice cold, as he's posted a save percentage better than .900 just once in his last six games. Furthermore, Varlamov owns an .891 save percentage in the past four contests. He is 19-18-9 with a 2.87 GAA and .910 save mark in 47 games this season.
News: Varlamov will tend the home twine Friday against the Ducks, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After a pair of games riding the pine, the veteran netminder retakes the cage Friday looking to bust out of a recent slump. Varlamov has surrendered three or more goals in five of his last six starts, owning a 3.18 GAA and a .908 save percentage over that span. The numbers aren't atrocious and he owns better home splits (2.88 GAA and .903 save percentage), so Varlamov should have a good opportunity to pick up another victory Friday against a Ducks club averaging a league-worst 1.94 goals per game on the road.
News: Grubauer only allowed two goals on 32 shots, but took the loss in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes on Monday.
Impact: Grubauer has given up only four goals in his last four starts, with two shutouts in that span, but he's taken the loss both times he was unable to keep the puck out. Grubauer's record fell to 11-9-3 with a 3.02 GAA and a .901 save percentage. Grubauer could be a great DFS option if he starts Colorado's next game Friday versus Anaheim.
News: Grubauer will defend the cage versus Carolina at home Monday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grubauer is coming off an 18-save, shutout performance versus the Sabres on Saturday, so it shouldn't come as a shock to see coach Jared Bednar riding the hot hand. The starting job will likely continue to bounce between the German and Semyon Varlamov the rest of the way, unless one of the two netminders can clearly separate himself.
News: Grubauer made 18 saves Saturday in a 3-0 victory over Buffalo.
Impact: It was the second shutout of the season and eighth career shutout for Grubauer. The Sabres barely mustered any pucks toward him until the last two minutes of the game, when he needed to be sharp to preserve the goose egg. Grubauer doesn't get a lot of action, but he makes the most of it when he does. He has two shutouts and has allowed just two goals in his last three starts.
News: MacKinnon scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Mac is tied with Sidney Crosby for fourth in NHL scoring; he has 35 goals and 87 points. The strong play is good news for the Avs, who played their first game without Gabriel Landeskog (out four-to-six weeks). MacKinnon is a strong fantasy play. Use him with confidence.
News: Grubauer will guard the goal in Saturday's home game against the Sabres, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Grubauer has been razor sharp in limited action over the past few weeks, posting a superb 0.97 GAA and .969 save percentage in three appearances while compiling a 1-1-0 record over that span. The German netminder will look to stay dialed in and secure his 11th win of the season in a favorable home matchup with a slumping Sabres team that's gone 2-6-2 in its last 10 games.
News: Zadorov (upper body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Sabres, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Impact: Zadorov's return to health will bolster Colorado's depth at defense, but it will likely go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only notched 11 points in 56 games this campaign. The 23-year-old Russian is expected to skate with Patrik Nemeth on the Avalanche's bottom pairing against Buffalo.
News: Dries was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Friday, Evan Rawal of Mile High Sports reports.
Impact: It appears that the Avalanche will continue to feature Andrew Agozzino in the NHL as an indirect replacement for Dries, who is mired in a nine-game point drought with a minus-2 rating over that span. A product of Western Michigan University, Dries -- listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds -- might be short on stature, but he's known as a self-aware pivot with a strong work ethic, so we don't think he's done shuffling between the organization's ranks in 2018-19.
News: Landeskog suffered an upper-body injury that will sideline him for 4-to-6 weeks.
Impact: Even if Landeskog can return on the four-week side of his prognosis, he is effectively done for the regular season. The winger will need his teammates to track down Minnesota or Dallas for a wild-card spot if he is going to see ice this year in the playoffs. Even before getting hurt, the Swede put together a career year, as he set new personal bests in goals (33), points (69) and shooting percentage (14.3). Derick Brassard figures to get bumped to the top line in Landeskog's absence.
News: Calvert was held off the scoresheet for a seventh straight game, finishing Thursday's 4-0 loss to Dallas with a minus-2 rating.
Impact: On a positive note, Calvert led his team with three takeaways in Thursday's loss. The bottom-six winger needs just a single point in the 14 remaining games to set a new career high. The 29-year-old has, three times in his career, finished a season with 24 points. Calvert has 10 goals and 14 assists in 68 games.
News: Grubauer made three saves, playing just 4:59 in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Grubauer was forced to enter Thursday's game after starter Semyon Varlamov left briefly to have a skate issue examined. The German-born netminder was perfect, making three saves before Varlamov returned.
News: Varlamov stopped 25 of 28 shots in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Colorado's goaltender briefly exited the game after Jamie Benn's 25th of the season made it 3-0. Varlamov was not gone long, needing only to have a skate issue examined. Following the defeat, his record stands at 19-17-9 with a 2.84 GAA and .910 save percentage.
News: Varlamov will patrol the crease in Thursday's road game against the Stars, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Varlamov was a little shaky in his last start Tuesday against Detroit, surrendering three goals on 23 shots, but he ultimately did enough to pick up his 19th victory of the season. The 30-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and secure a second straight win in a road matchup with a surging Dallas team that's won three consecutive contests.
News: The Avalanche recalled Agozzino from AHL Colorado on Wednesday.
Impact: Agozzino has been fantastic in the minors this season, racking up 26 goals and 57 points in 52 appearances. The 28-year-old winger could crack the big club's lineup as soon as Thursday against the Stars.
News: Rantanen had X-rays taken following Tuesday's win over Detroit, but has been cleared to play against Dallas on Thursday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Rantanen finished out the game, yet the team obviously wanted to get a closer look at his apparent injury. With the X-rays coming back negative, the winger seems to have avoid a serious injury and is set to play versus the Stars. A three-point outburst versus the Red Wings pushed the Finn over the top and gave him new career highs in assists (56) and points (85).
News: Zadorov suffered an upper-body injury that will keep him out of action versus the Stars on Thursday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Zadorov -- who was hurt in Tuesday's matchup with Detroit -- has struggled to produce this season with just 11 points in 56 outings, though injuries have certainly been a factor. With the Russian unavailable, Mark Barberio or Ryan Graves figures to slot into the lineup in Dallas.
News: Compher rang a shot off the post and in for a goal during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Red Wings.
Impact: The goal was Compher's 15th on the season as he inches closer to the first 20-goal campaign of his NHL career. A huge bump in shooting percentage -- up to 16.1 percent this year from 9.9 last year -- is driving the 23-year-old's breakout season.
News: Rantanen scored a power-play goal and posted two assists, including one on the overtime game-winner, in a 4-3 victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday. He also recorded a plus-2 rating and four shots on net in the win.
Impact: The 22-year-old snapped his six-game point streak Sunday, but ready to start a new one, he bursted out in a big way against the Red Wings. With this performance, Rantanen has tied his career high in goals and set a new high-water mark in points. He's set to do the same in plus/minus, PIM and shots on net. The 22-year-old has five goals and nine points in the last eight contests. This season, Rantanen has 29 goals and 85 points with a plus-14 rating in 67 games.
News: Barrie scored the game-tying goal and posted a power-play assist with four shots on net in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Impact: With 1:35 remaining in regulation, Barrie scored on a slap shot from the point while the Avalanche goaltender was pulled to tie the game at three. Barrie also recorded his 19th helper with the man advantage during 2018-19. He has seven goals and 46 points in 63 games this season. If Barrie continues this pace, he will come very close to matching his career-best 57 points from 2017-18.
News: Varlamov allowed three goals on 23 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Impact: The Avalanche bailed out the 30-year-old for a subpar performance by scoring with the goaltender pulled late in the third period to force overtime, and then Colorado tallied the game-winner in the extra session. Varlamov owners will take the win, but it doesn't change the fact he owns a .902 save percentage in the last four games. He is 19-16-9 with a 2.83 GAA and .910 save percentage in 45 games this season.
News: MacKinnon scored the game-winning overtime goal and added an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Impact: The Avalanche were less than two minutes away from a crushing home loss to the lowly Red Wings, but Colorado scored with the goaltender pulled and then MacKinnon's marker won it in overtime. MacKinnon has four goals and seven points in the last six games, inching him closer to scoring career highs. He has 34 goals and 84 points in 67 games, putting him on pace for his first 40-goal and 100-point campaign. MacKinnon also leads the league with 290 shots on net, which is already a career-best.
News: Varlamov will start in goal Tuesday night against the visiting Red Wings, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Detroit has lost seven straight games to bolster Varlamov's appeal as a DFS play who likely won't cost top dollar on a 10-game slate. The Russian is 18-16-9 with a 2.83 GAA and .911 save percentage over 44 games.
News: Grubauer made 21 saves in a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Sunday.
Impact: The Avalanche netminder surrendered a pair of goals, one in the first period and another in the second. Unfortunately for Grubauer, Derick Brassard was the lone goal-scorer for Colorado, and the Avs have suddenly dropped back-to-back contests after going 5-0-1 in their previous six. Meanwhile, the German-born backup now owns a 10-8-3 record on the season, to go along with a 3.21 GAA and .897 save percentage.
News: Landeskog was moved back to the Avs' top scoring line with Nathan McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen for portions of Sunday's game against the Ducks, Callie Parolee of NHL.com reports. Landeskog had been playing earlier with Tyson Jost and Matt Calvert.
Impact: Unfortunately for the Avs, it didn't work, as the line didn't score in the 2-1 loss. "I liked some things that some of our lines did, we mixed things up and put the big line back together for a little bit tonight," said coach Jared Bednar. "I felt like they were really good late in the San Jose game together, created a chance almost every time they got on the ice, tonight not so much."
News: Brassard scored on the power play in the Avs' 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Sunday, scoring for the second time in four games since getting acquired from the Panthers.
Impact: The Avs got him to spark their offense as they make one last run at the playoffs, and he's doing his job, but the rest of the team couldn't step up Sunday against John Gibson.
News: Cole was assessed a match penalty for kneeing the Ducks' Devin Shore in the second period of Sunday's loss.
Impact: It wouldn't be a shock if Cole faced a fine and maybe even a suspension for the hit, as it knocked Shore out of the game.
News: Grubauer will draw the start against the Ducks on Sunday.
Impact: The 27-year-old is coming off his best start of the season, posting a 38-save shutout against Nashville on Feb. 23. He's still unreliable in most fantasy formats with an unsightly .896 save percentage and 3.26 GAA.
News: Girard tallied a goal on his only shot and posted a minus-2 rating in a 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: The 20-year-old isn't much of an offensive force yet, but he is on pace to set new career highs. He's matched his rookie season mark in the goals category with four and is three shy of doing the same in the points department. Girard could best his rookie season in the plus/minus, blocks and hits categories, too. He has four goals, 20 points, a plus-3 rating, 68 blocks and 45 hits in 65 games this season.
News: Zadorov scored a goal while posting five shots on net and five hits in a 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: With this latest score, Zadorov tied his career high mark for goals, which he set last season. Unfortunately, he's not getting the assists he usually gets, but Zadorov does have seven goals and 11 points in 54 games. He's a physical specialist as well, with 172 hits and a plus-14 rating this season.
News: Landeskog tallied three assists in a 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: The career season for Landeskog continued Friday, as he set a new high-water mark in points with 68 and inched closer to a career high in assists (35). He already has a new career best with 33 goals in 2018-19. With four goals and 14 points in the last 13 games, Landeskog is playing like he's going to blow those previous career-best marks out of the water.
News: Varlamov allowed four goals on 40 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: Coming into the night, Varlamov was playing really well, having gone 5-1-1 with a .945 save percentage in his last seven games. Owners shouldn't be too concerned, though, because the Sharks' potent offense tags most goalies for a few scores. If he receives the start, Varlamov will have a shot to bounce back against the lowly Ducks on Sunday. Varlamov is 18-16-9 with a 2.83 GAA and .911 save percentage in 44 games this season.
News: Henry inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on Friday.
Impact: Henry -- who was selected in the fourth round (No. 94 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft -- has tallied 43 points in 37 games for the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes this season. He's only 19 years old, but it will be worth keeping tabs on Henry as he embarks on his professional hockey career.
News: Varlamov will guard the goal in Friday's road game against the Sharks, Adrian Dater of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Varlamov was rock solid in his last appearance Wednesday against the Canucks, stopping 30 of 32 shots en route to a shootout victory. The 30-year-old goaltender will look to keep rolling and pick up his 19th win of the season in a tough road matchup with a San Jose team that's 19-5-5 at home this campaign.
News: Cole is ready to return following corrective surgery on his orbital bone, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: While Cole remains on injured reserve, it sounds like he'll be removed from that list ahead of Friday night's road game against the Sharks. He'll reportedly continue donning the fishbowl cage for at least the next month. Cole has one goal and nine assists to complement a plus-4 rating through 53 games. Most of his utility comes in the form of blocked shots; he's already accumulated 137 of those this year.
News: Graves had two hits, three blocks and two PIM in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks on Wednesday.
Impact: He skated 12:15 in the contest. Since his recall on Feb. 8, Graves has picked up a goal, two assists, 13 hits and 26 blocks in 11 games. The 23-year-old isn't yet a consistent contributor on both ends of the ice, but his constant presence in the lineup suggests he has the trust of coach Jared Bednar as a defense-first blueliner.
News: Rantanen netted a power-play goal in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
Impact: The goal came on five shots in the contest. Rantanen also had one of the two tallies in the shootout to help his team earn the extra point. Rantanen is up to 81 points this season, and while he's more of a playmaker, he does have 27 goals as well. The Finn is on a five-game point streak, with three goals and two assists in that span.
News: MacKinnon netted his 33rd goal of the year on six shots in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
Impact: MacKinnon also supplied two PIM in the contest. This season has seen the first overall pick from 2013 continue to round into superstar form, with 81 points in 64 games, as well as 282 shots on goal, which ranks first in the league.
News: Wilson (undisclosed) dished a helper and added two PIM in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
Impact: He missed eight games with the injury but made an immediate impact upon his return, setting up Nathan MacKinnon's opening goal. Wilson has 19 points in 47 games this season, but he carried a minus-7 rating and doesn't generate much in categories like hits or blocked shots.
News: Varlamov let in two goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
Impact: Varlamov gave up a late goal to Canucks winger Josh Leivo in the third period to force overtime and the shootout. Varlamov's record improved to 18-15-9 with a 2.80 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Russian goalie has won four of his last five starts, but the Avs face a tough test on the road in San Jose on Friday.
News: Varlamov will be in the crease for Wednesday's game against the visiting Canucks, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Varlamov will look to rebound from a 4-3 overtime loss to Florida on Monday -- the Russian made 34 saves on 38 shots in that one. Varlamov has started in 11 of 13 games in February, stacking a 4-3-4 record against a 2.83 GAA and .918 save percentage. The 28-year-old will face a struggling Vancouver offense that has averaged 2.25 goals per game in February, which is second-worst in the league over that stretch.
News: Wilson (undisclosed) was activated off injured reserve per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: It was announced earlier that Wilson will take the ice in Wednesday's game against Vancouver, but needed to be formally activated off IR. Now that the activation has occurred, Wilson is cleared and will start in a fourth-line role for the Avalanche.
News: Wilson (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's home clash against the Canucks, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wilson hasn't suited up in game action since Feb. 10 and will finally make his return to the ice. Though he will play, it's unclear what Wilson's role will be, and the Avalanche still have to formally activate him off injured reserve. The 29-year-old has been a decent fantasy asset this campaign, racking up 18 points in 46 games.
News: Greer was demoted to AHL Colorado on Monday, TSN reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old was demoted after the Avalanche acquired fellow forward Derick Brassard at the trade deadline Monday. Greer had racked up just two points in 15 games before he was sent down.
News: Agozzino was sent down to AHL Colorado on Monday, TSN reports.
Impact: Agozzino got the call-up Feb. 17, and was able to score his first NHL goal in his first career game. The 28-year-old could've been sent down to make room for Derek Brassard, a player who the Avalanche recently acquired at the trade deadline. Agozzino has two points while averaging 8:45 of ice time in four games this campaign.
News: Nieto (lower body) will miss 6-to-8 weeks, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: This very well could put Nieto on the shelf for the remainder of the regular season, but it's worth noting that he has yet to be placed on injured reserve. Expect more playing time from rookie Sheldon Dries and veteran Gabriel Bourque in Nieto's absence.
News: Nemeth had an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Nemeth contributed in many other ways, with four blocked shots, three hits and two shots on goal in the contest. He may have left the partridge in the pear tree, but with 104 hits and 102 blocks this season, the defense-oriented blueliner could have value in deeper formats despite only eight points to his name this year.
News: Barrie registered a pair of helpers in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Barrie now has four assists in his last four games while adding 10 shots on goal over that span. He went cold early in February, but it appears the defender is back to churning out offense at a steady pace and should be especially useful given his average of 4:15 of power-play time.
News: Rantanen buried his 26th tally of the year in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Rantanen has put together a four-game point streak in the waning days of February. He had three shots on goal in Monday's contest. Rantanen now has 80 points in 63 games this season, and while he's slowed down from his early season pace, he remains a threat on offense any time he's on the ice.
News: Brassard found twine in his first game with the Avalanche, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: Brassard was traded from the Panthers earlier Monday morning and immediately made an impact with his new team. He's now skated for three clubs this season, registering 11 goals and 20 points between the Penguins, Panthers and Avalanche over 51 games. He'll be expected to continue scoring as Colorado makes a push for the playoffs.
News: Jost scored his ninth goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: Jost has done well in recent games, recording three goals and two assists in his last five outings. He had five shots on goal and two hits in Monday's contest. Jost is at 20 points in 51 games this season, giving him a good chance to exceed his career-high 22 from last year, but there are more productive options than this third-liner for fantasy purposes.
News: Varlamov made 34 saves on 38 shots, but suffered defeat in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: The Avalanche had two leads in this game, but Varlamov couldn't make either one stand. Varlamov's record dropped to 17-16-8 with a 2.82 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Philipp Grubauer had a shutout against the Predators on Saturday, so he may be given the nod instead of Varlamov when the Canucks visit Wednesday.
News: Nieto (lower body) is out Monday against the Panthers and is considered week-to-week, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: This means this injury turned out to be more serious than expected. Nieto will now end up missing at least a few games, if not more, which will likely mean more playing time for Sheldon Dries.
News: Wilson (undisclosed) was wearing a non-contact sweater during Monday's morning skate, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: This pretty much writes off Wilson for Monday's game with the Panthers. Theoretically, the 29-year-old could return Wednesday against the Canucks, but if he's not able to endure contact right now, it seems like more likely it will be March before he can return to the lineup for the Avalanche.
News: Cole (upper body) was spotted in a non-contact jersey at morning skate Monday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Cole reportedly donned what is referred to as the "fishbowl cage" at the a.m. session, which strongly indicates that he won't be playing in the evening's contest against the Panthers. In fact, the defenseman remains on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
News: Brassard -- along with a conditional 2020 sixth-round selection -- was traded from Florida to Colorado on Monday in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Well at least Brassard won't have to travel very far to join his new team, as the Panthers were already in Denver for a clash with the Avs on Monday. The center started the season with the Penguins, but was sent to Florida for what was expected to be a short-term stint with the club. Nathan MacKinnon and company will get first crack at convincing the pending unrestricted free agent to stick with the club heading into the offseason while also bolstering the club's scoring options. The Quebec native is slated to be in the lineup Monday against Florida.
News: Varlamov will start in goal Monday against the visiting Panthers, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Varlamov will try to pull down his fourth straight win for a Colorado team that is currently in sixth place within the tightly contested Central Division. He'll now field shots from a Panthers club that ranks 12th in the league by averaging 2.93 goals per game on the road.
News: Girard produced his 16th helper in a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Facing his former team, Girard made sure to show them what they've been missing. The 20-year-old blueliner is up to 19 points in 62 games, making it possible for him to match the 23 points he had between the Predators and Avalanche last year. He's still likely a couple years away from more widespread fantasy relevance.
News: Barrie contributed an assist on the man advantage in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators.
Impact: Barrie now has two goals and 18 helpers on the power play this year, accounting for just under half of his 42 points in 58 games. He added three shots to bring his season total to 155. Despite struggling to get on the scoresheet in February, Barrie remains a strong blueliner for fantasy purposes.
News: Andrighetto has four assists in his last three games.
Impact: The often-streaky winger has found his way onto the scoresheet with more regularity in February, registering five points in 12 games. In Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators, he also twice raised a referee's arm, earning four PIM. It's unlikely the bad boy routine continues, as those penalties gave Andrighetto 10 PIM this year, matching his career high in the category from last season.
News: Rantanen has four points in his last six games.
Impact: Sure, it's a far cry from the elite production he had in October (21 points in 16 contests), but it's good to see the 22-year-old picking up the pace after struggling early in February. Barring absolute disaster, Rantanen's totals this year should exceed the 84 points he posted last season.
News: Johnson led the Avs with six blocked shots in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators.
Impact: Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado defense were under siege, as 38 saves were made by the goalie. Johnson's half-dozen blocks helped make the German goalie's life a little easier in a difficult but impressive performance. The veteran blueliner has 11 hits and 12 blocks in his last five appearances.
News: Landeskog scored his 33rd goal of the year in a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Landeskog has scored in three straight games and has points in four consecutive contests. He also dished out five hits in Saturday's contest. Landeskog is cruising at over a point per game, with 64 points in 62 outings. A career-high 15.7 percent shooting percentage has certainly helped the star winger elevate his game this year.
News: Soderberg dished out a pair of helpers and three blocked shots in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators.
Impact: Soderberg has recorded three consecutive multi-point outings, with three goals and four assists over that span. He has six blocked shots and 12 shots on goal in those contests. Soderberg is at 41 points in 62 games, giving him a chance to approach his career high of 51 points from 2015-16 if he remains healthy.
News: Zadorov assisted on the opening goal and closed the scoring with a tally of his own in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators.
Impact: Zadorov snapped a nine-game point drought with the pair of points. He added four hits and two PIM, bringing his totals in those categories to 164 and 63, respectively. Zadorov has accumulated 29 hits over his last seven games to go with 11 blocked shots. It's still hard to trust him in fantasy with only 10 points to his name, but the hits can help in deeper formats.
News: Kerfoot scored on the power play and registered two helpers in a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Kerfoot and Nathan MacKinnon (two goals, one assist) led the way for the Avalanche in this contest. Kerfoot is up to 33 points in 58 games this season, with 11 of those points coming with a man advantage. The scoring is attractive in many fantasy formats, but with only 80 shots, 14 hits and 21 blocks this year, he isn't known for contributing in peripheral stats.
News: MacKinnon scored twice, once on the power play, and added an assist in a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: The performance helped MacKinnon reach the 80-point mark this season, with 32 goals and 48 assists. Over his last five games, he has five points and 25 shots, but this was his first multi-point outing since Jan. 19. With 31 of his points coming with the man advantage, MacKinnon continues to maintain fantasy elite status.
News: Grubauer stopped all 38 shots he faced to earn the shutout in a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Playing in his first game in 11 days, Grubauer made the most of the opportunity with an outstanding performance. The goose egg is his first of the year and seventh in his career. Grubauer improves to 10-7-3 with a 3.26 GAA and an .896 save percentage. Semyon Varlamov has been in great form lately, which makes it hard to trust Grubauer to get consistent minutes despite Saturday's gem.
News: The Avalanche recalled Dries from AHL Colorado on Saturday.
Impact: Dries will provide some depth up front for the Avalanche in Nashville on Saturday, and he's in the lineup for Saturday's contest as the left wing on the fourth line with Matt Nieto (lower body) unavailable. He owns just 22 points through 58 games at the top level this season, leaving Dries off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
News: As expected, Nieto (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Predators.
Impact: Nieto was previously listed as doubtful, so it's hardly a surprise that the second-round pick (San Jose, 2011) will sit this one out. The penalty-killing specialist should be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's game against the Panthers.
News: Grubauer led his team out to the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. As a result, he'll be the road starter versus Nashville.
Impact: Grubauer has been in pursuit of his 10th win since he took care of the Rangers in convincing fashion Jan. 4 -- that's only a four-game span, but it goes to show just how much the Avs have been leaning on goalie Semyon Varlamov. Grubauer will look to get back on track against a Predators team that surprisingly only ranks 23rd in the league in home scoring (2.97 goals per game) this season.
News: Nieto (lower body) is unlikely to play Saturday versus the Predators, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: We're still waiting to hear about the severity and exact nature of Nieto's injury, but the Avalanche could turn to Gabriel Bourque as a fill-in winger in the meantime. Having already put up four goals and 18 assists through 58 games this season, Nieto's off to a career-best pace, so hopefully, his injury doesn't linger.
News: Nemeth picked up two assists (one shorthanded) in Friday's 5-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: The rugged blueliner had gone 18 games without registering a point, last hitting the scoresheet Dec. 29. Nemeth may not offer much offense, but he's provided some fantasy value in formats that count other categories -- the 27-year-old has 101 hits and 95 blocked shots in 53 games to go along with a plus-7 rating and 43 PIM.
News: Soderberg scored two goals (one shorthanded) in Friday's 5-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: It's been feast or famine for Soderberg in February -- he's only found his way onto the scoresheet three times in 11 games, but all three were multi-point efforts. The 33-year-old now has his first career 20-goal campaign (21, to be precise), and he's now one point shy of his fourth career 40-point season.
News: Landeskog scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Friday's 5-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: That's now three goals and nine points in the last nine games for Landeskog, who keeps producing no matter who his linemates are. The 26-year-old already has a new personal best in goals with 32, and he's only three points shy of surpassing the career-high 65 he racked up in 2013-14.
News: Compher scored two goals -- one on the power play, the other the game-winner -- and added an assist in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Blackhawks.
Impact: The three points were a season high for Compher, and he established new career highs in goals (14) and power-play points (eight) in the process. He's piled up four goals and seven points in the last eight games, and with the third-year forward carving out a regular spot with the man advantage for the Avalanche, Compher could have surprising fantasy value down the stretch.
News: Varlamov stopped 41 of 44 shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: That's now three straight wins, and four in five starts for Varlamov, who's posted a dazzling 1.41 GAA and .958 save percentage over that stretch. The Avalanche remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, so as long as he stays locked in, the 30-year-old should remain firmly ensconced in the top spot on the depth chart.
News: Varlamov will patrol the crease in Friday's road game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Impact: Varlamov has been on a roll recently, compiling a 3-1-0 record in his last four appearances while posting an impressive 1.01 GAA and .968 save percentage over that span. The 30-year-old backstop will look to stay sharp and secure a third straight win in a road matchup with a Chicago club that's averaging 3.35 goals per game at home this campaign, eighth in the NHL.
News: Landeskog scored a goal and chipped in an assist Wednesday in the Avalanche's 7-1 win over the Jets.
Impact: The multi-point outing ended a relative cold spell for the Swedish wing, who had managed only a goal and four helpers over the Avs' previous 11 contests. Landeskog still remains on track for a career season, as he's already established a new personal best in goals (31) and is four points away from matching the high-water mark of 65 he reached in 2013-14, his third year in the league.
News: Soderberg posted a goal, two assists, a plus-4 rating and five shots on net in a 7-1 victory against the Jets on Wednesday.
Impact: The 33-year-old opened the scoring, which actually didn't happen until the second period. He padded his stats with assists on Colorado's fourth and fifth goals. When Soderberg has scored lately, it's been in bunches like Wednesday. He has eight goals and 14 points in the last 18 games, but 13 of those 14 points have come in four contests. Overall, he has 19 goals and 37 points in 60 games this season.
News: Jost scored a goal and two assists while posting a plus-3 rating in a 7-1 victory against the Jets on Wednesday.
Impact: His first assist came in the second period, but then Jost picked up another goal and an assist with the game already in hand during the third period. Regardless, Jost will take the points. He came into the night with just two goals, five points and a minus-6 rating in his 25 previous games. Overall, he has eight goals and 19 points in 48 games this season, which now puts him well ahead of his points per game average from 2017-18.
News: Varlamov allowed one goal on 27 shots in a 7-1 victory against the Jets on Wednesday.
Impact: In the last two games, Varlamov has stopped 66 of 67 shots (.985 save percentage), but his hot streak spans even longer than that. While he is 3-2-1, Varlamov has also submitted a .943 save percentage in the last six games. He has more work to reach his totals from last season as overall, Varlamov is 16-15-8 with a 2.79 GAA and .911 save percentage this season.
News: Varlamov will draw the start Wednesday against visiting Winnipeg, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov perhaps has deserved a better fate in his past seven starts, racking up a 2-2-3 record to go along with a 2.58 GAA and .927 save percentage in that span. The Russian will have to be in top form when he faces the sixth best scoring offense in terms of goals per game (3.39).
News: Landeskog dished out an assist during Monday's win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Landeskog picked up the puck in the corner and threaded a pass to Andrew Agozzino, who sent home his first NHL goal. Landeskog picked up his 400th NHL point in the process. The 26-year-old leads the Avalanche with 30 goals and ranks third on the squad with 59 total points this year.
News: Agozzino scored his first NHL goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Agozzino put on a show nobody saw coming, as he hauled in a pass from Gabriel Landeskog and beat Malcolm Subban to put the Avalanche up 2-0 in the second period. He later dished out a secondary helper on Matt Calvert's insurance score. Agozzino has floated in the AHL for a long time, spending 459 games there, and this was his 11th NHL game. He had just three assists coming into this contest. The 5-foot-9 winger likely earned himself a few more games with this performance.
News: Varlamov steered away all 40 shots in Monday's win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: He previously lost six of seven games since the All-Star break entering this contest and posted an .899 save percentage in the process, but he displayed his best outing of the season against Vegas. Varlamov finally got the offensive support he needed as well after the Avalanche scored just seven goals over the previous four games. Varlamov will try to keep the momentum rolling Wednesday versus the Jets.
News: Varlamov will patrol the blue paint at home against the Golden Knights on Monday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov continues to get the nod over Philipp Grubauer, despite having posted a 1-2-3 record and 3.03 GAA in his previous six outings. Monday's contest will be the seventh straight start for the 30-year-old Varlamov. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, the Russian isn't helping his case with a 14-15-8 record and .906 save percentage and may have to settle for less than his current $5.9 million.
News: Toninato was demoted to AHL Colorado on Sunday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old suited up in the last two games for the Avalanche, scoring his first career goal in his first NHL game this season. Toninato is likely on the short list of call-ups for when the parent club has a free roster spot.
News: Dries was sent down to AHL Colorado on Sunday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dries has been a regular participant on the Avalanche's bottom-six this season, scoring six points in 35 games during his rookie season. The 5-foot-9 forward will head back to the minors where he notched 30 points last year.
News: Agozzino was called up from AHL Colorado on Sunday.
Impact: Agozzino hasn't appeared in an NHL game since the 2015-16 season but has been fairly successful at the AHL level in recent years. This season he has 22 goals and 50 points in the minors. The 28-year-old will likely be a replacement player if any Avalanche forwards are injured.
News: Varlamov stopped 30 of 32 shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Blues.
Impact: The 30-year-old was able to keep the red-hot St. Louis offense quiet for two-plus periods, stuffing Vladimir Tarasenko on three great chances, but once Tarasenko finally got one past Varlamov early in the third, the final result seemed almost inevitable. The Russian netminder is having a tough month, going 1-4-3 in his last eight starts with a 3.29 GAA and .898 save percentage, but Varlamov's spot at the top of the Avalanche depth chart remains fairly secure.
News: Barberio (undisclosed) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Barberio's impending return will bolster Colorado's depth at defense, but it will almost certainly go unnoticed in fantasy circles, as he's only notched one goal in 12 appearances this season.
News: Varlamov will start in goal Saturday afternoon against the visiting Blues.
Impact: Varlamov reportedly will be countered by Jake Allen in this divisional clash. Colorado's No. 1 netminder is 14-14-8 with a 2.94 GAA and .905 save percentage. He'll be facing a Blues club that ranks 15th in the league in scoring by means of averaging 2.98 goals per game.
News: Wilson (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Friday, TSN reports.
Impact: Wilson won't be eligible to return until Monday's game against the Golden Knights, meaning he'll miss at least one contest. The Avalanche currently have a surplus of forwards available -- including Dominic Toninato and Gabriel Bourque -- so we're not expecting the team to have to reach within the AHL Colorado system with Wilson out of commission.
News: Cole's upper-body injury is a fractured orbital bone which will keep him out of the lineup indefinitely, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Cole was injured in a fight with Washington's Tom Wilson on Feb. 7 and has missed the last four games. With no timeline for when the Michigan native might be ready to go, the blueliner should probably be considered week-to-week for the time being.
News: Wilson picked up an undisclosed injury that prevented him from practicing with the team Friday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Wilson has missed the past two games, but it wasn't immediately clear if this was due to his injury or simply being a healthy scratch. The winger should be considered questionable at best for Saturday's matchup with the Blues given he wasn't able to practice Friday.