Colorado Avalanche Player News: All Positions

News: Rantanen played with a fractured leg during Colorado's second-round matchup with San Jose, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: Although he was undoubtedly playing through some pain, Rantanen was still highly effective against the Sharks, racking up one goal and five points in seven games while averaging 21:58 of ice time per contest. The 22-year-old Finn should be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, and will be a highly desirable option in all fantasy formats after totaling 31 goals and 87 points in 74 regular-season appearances in 2018-19.
News: Francouz agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Colorado on Friday. The deal is one-way in nature, per Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, which means the netminder can't be easily moved between leagues.
Impact: In order to send Francouz down to the minors next season, the organization would have to designate him for waivers and risk losing him for nothing. This should probably be considered the final nail in the coffin for Semyon Varlamov's stint in the Mile High City, as the team prepares to head into the 2019-20 campaign with Francouz backing up Philipp Grubauer.
News: MacKinnon won't need to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: MacKinnon temporarily exited Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Sharks after falling awkwardly into the boards, but he was ultimately able to return to that contest, which all but confirmed his injury likely wasn't overly serious. The 23-year-old superstar had his best season as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (41), points (99) and shots on net (365) while appearing in all 82 regular-season contests, and should be one of the first forwards taken off the board during fantasy drafts next season.
News: Werner signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Colorado on Monday.
Impact: Werner -- who was drafted by the club in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft -- posted a 15-9 record, 2.02 GAA and .926 save percentage in 26 appearances for Farjestad BK (SHL) this season. The 22-year-old played in just four AHL games last season and is unlikely willing to return to North America just to play in the minors. The signing of Werner could be an indication the club is preparing to let Semyon Varlamov walk in free agency this summer.
News: Jost will join up with Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: While Jost will miss the opening game of the tournament versus Finland on Friday, he should be available for the remainder of the competition. In addition to holding open two spots, Team Canada is also looking to bolster its roster following the loss of John Tavares (oblique). The 20-year-old Jost set career highs in assists (15), points (26) and shots (114) in 70 games this season. The Alberta native will push for a more consistent top-six role next year and should challenge for the 30-point mark.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) ended the 2018-19 campaign on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Kamenev was deemed fit to play ahead of Game 3 against San Jose, so although he's technically still listed on injured reserve, he'll be ready to rock for next campaign's training camp. The 22-year-old forward finished the season with a modest two goals and five points in 23 appearances with the Avalanche.
News: Calvert missed Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Sharks due to an upper-body injury.
Impact: Although Calvert was unable to rejoin the lineup prior to Colorado's elimination from the playoffs, his upper-body injury isn't believed to be overly serious, so he should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. The veteran forward will play an important role for the Avalanche as a penalty-killing specialist in 2019-20, but his lack of offensive upside will keep him off the radar in most fantasy formats.
News: Kerfoot posted an assist and two shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Kerfoot finished the series with two helpers, and he was limited to only three assists in 12 postseason games. With only 10 hits and 17 shots on goal, Kerfoot did not account for much fantasy relevance in the playoffs. He enters the summer as an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent.
News: Wilson picked up an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Wilson provided good secondary scoring with two goals and two helpers over seven games in the second round. The 29-year-old had eight points in 12 games during the postseason. Wilson is a pending unrestricted free agent.
News: Landeskog managed an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Landeskog was held to only four points in seven games in the second round after providing four points in five first-round games. The Swedish winger also added 35 hits and 18 blocked shots across 12 postseason appearances.
News: Girard had an assist, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Girard posted two helpers and 11 blocked shots over nine postseason appearances. The soon-to-be 21-year-old blueliner will be looking to build on the 27 points he posted across 82 regular-season contests as he enters his third NHL season in 2019-20.
News: Jost scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Jost scored in three consecutive games, accounting for nearly half of the Avalanche's seven tallies in that span. He ends the postseason with four points in 12 games.
News: Rantanen scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Rantanen began the playoffs working back from an upper-body injury, but managed to play in all 12 games for the Avalanche, recording six goals and eight assists during the playoff run. The Finnish winger should be a top fantasy option in 2019-20 after recording 87 points in the regular-season this year.
News: Grubauer allowed three goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Grubauer was never able to fully recover from a two-goal first period, and Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi's goal in the second frame sealed the Avalanche's fate. Grubauer gave up 18 goals in the series, good for a 2.60 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
News: MacKinnon returned to the bench after he left Wednesday's game due to a shoulder injury, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: MacKinnon fell awkwardly into the boards early in the first period, but was able to rejoin his team after a quick check-up in the locker room. Expect the superstar to resume his duties on the top line and on the power play.
News: Mackinnon left Wednesday's series-deciding game due to a shoulder injury and is currently being evaluated in the Avalanche locker room, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: MacKinnon went into the boards awkwardly just two minutes into the game, and hasn't returned since. The Halifax native looked to be in a lot of pain, grabbing his shoulder as he left the ice. Expect the team to give an official word on his status as the game progresses.
News: Grubauer will patrol the crease in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Sharks in San Jose, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Grubauer wasn't great in Game 6, allowing three goals on 22 shots, but he ultimately did enough to pick up his fourth home win of the playoffs, helping his team force a do-or-die Game 7. The German netminder will look to keep rolling and help guide his club to an appearance in the Western Conference finals against St. Louis by trying to secure his fourth road victory of this postseason Wednesday.
News: Calvert (upper body) wasn't on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, which indicates he likely won't be in the lineup for Game 7 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: With Calvert still sidelined, the Avalanche appear poised to roll with seven defensemen and 11 forwards for a second straight game Wednesday, which was clearly a recipe for success during their Game 6 win. If Colorado is able to pull off the upset over the Sharks in Game 7, Calvert will likely get an opportunity to rejoin the lineup at some point during the Western Conference finals against St. Louis.
News: Cole collected a helper, three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime with against the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Cole has a respectable five helpers in 11 postseason contests while adding 20 hits and 32 blocked shots. The veteran defenseman may have some appeal in DFS formats for Wednesday's Game 7.
News: Brassard posted an assist, two hits and two shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Brassard has had very little impact in his eight postseason appearances, registering 10 hits and 10 shots on goal in addition to the assist. He's been limited to a fourth-line role and has skated under 10 minutes in four of his eight games.
News: Kerfoot posted an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Kerfoot had not found the scoresheet since Game 3 of the first round, when he had an assist against the Flames. His two helpers through 11 postseason games have made Kerfoot an unreliable fantasy option.
News: Soderberg picked up an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Soderberg had not recorded a point in his previous six games. The center only has two helpers in 11 postseason contests during this run. He is now manning the pivot on the third line.
News: Jost scored a goal on three shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Jost has scored in consecutive games, but only has three points in 11 games in the playoffs. He is seeing second-line minutes, which is likely responsible for his recent improvements on offense.
News: Landeskog scored the overtime winner in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: It was his first entry on the scoresheet since recording a pair of points in Game 2. Landeskog has retained some fantasy value, adding 15 hits and 17 shots on goal in six games, but fantasy owners would prefer the Swedish winger remain a regular in the goal column.
News: Compher scored twice and added a helper in Monday's 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: The three-point night doubled his scoring output for the entire postseason in his 11th appearance of the run. He added four shots and four hits in the game. Compher's production has been inconsistent in the playoffs so far, which is likely a factor of his third-line usage.
News: Grubauer allowed three goals on 22 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Grubauer wasn't at his best, but a three-point night from J.T. Compher and an overtime winner by Gabriel Landeskog helped secure the series-tying result. Grubauer has allowed 15 goals in six contests in the series, and will likely start again in a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday.
News: Calvert -- who sat out Game 5 due to an upper-body injury, per Josh Dubow of The Durango Herald -- was absent from Monday's game-day skate and figures to miss Game 6 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Calvert appears to have aggravated the same upper-body issue that held him out for Game 3. Without the winger available, the club is poised to dress Patrik Nemeth as a seventh defensemen, rather than forward Sven Andrighetto. At this point, Calvert should be considered questionable at best to return for a potential Game 7 on Wednesday.
News: Grubauer will be between the pipes for Monday's Game 6 home clash with San Jose, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Through the first five games of this second-round series, Grubauer has faced an average of 32.2 shots, but maintained a .925 save percentage despite the high volume of rubber. The netminder has been dominate at home in the postseason, where he is 3-1 with a 1.69 GAA, and will no doubt be eager to utilize a home-ice advantage to force a Game 7 back in San Jose on Wednesday.
News: Jost scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Impact: Jost's goal came on an odd bounce in front of Sharks goalie Martin Jones, which was the only puck to beat the netminder in the contest. Jost has only managed two points in 10 postseason games during this run, making the 21-year-old an unreliable fantasy option.
News: Grubauer allowed two goals on 39 shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Impact: He was under siege throughout the contest, and while Grubauer only allowed two goals to Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, that was all it took to saddle the German goaltender with the loss. Grubauer will have to be at his best for Monday's Game 6 as the Avalanche face elimination.
News: Grubauer will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 5 against the Sharks in San Jose, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grubauer was unbeatable in Thursday's Game 4, turning aside all 32 shots the Sharks fired en route to his first career postseason shutout. The German backstop will look to stay dialed in and help his team return to Colorado for Monday's Game 6 with a chance to close out the series at home by securing his fourth road victory of the playoffs Saturday.
News: Nieto managed an assist in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: Nieto has a three-game point streak with two goals and a helper. He also blocked four shots Thursday. Nieto has contributed seven points in nine postseason games, earning some attention as a depth scoring winger with budget DFS appeal.
News: Calvert posted an assist and two shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: Calvert has four assists over his last five games, having missed Game 3 against the Sharks with an upper-body injury. The winger is more noted for his physical play, with 18 PIM and 21 hits in eight games in the playoffs, but he can also provide some depth scoring.
News: Makar registered an assist and four hits in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: Makar has a goal and four helpers over seven postseason games to start his career, but Thursday marked the first time he had posted more than one hit in a game. Obviously, the offensive skill comes first with the first-round pick from 2017, but a little extra in the non-scoring stats is sure to appeal to fantasy owners as well.
News: Rantanen registered two assists, one on the power play, in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: After seeing his six-game point streak end in Game 3, Rantanen wasted little time getting back on the scoresheet with the two-helper outing. Rantanen has produced five goals and eight helpers in nine postseason games as one of the top offensive contributors for the Avalanche.
News: Johnson scored an empty-net goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: The tally ends a five-game skid for the defenseman after his two-point effort against the Flames in Game 3 of the first round. Johnson has provided three points, 22 hits, 18 blocked shots and 19 shots on goal in nine postseason games.
News: Wilson scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: Wilson has found the back of the net twice in four games against the Sharks, providing depth scoring outside of the Avalanche's top line. He has four tallies and two helpers in nine postseason appearances.
News: MacKinnon scored a goal on a game-high seven shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: The points just keep rolling in for MacKinnon, who has six tallies and seven helpers during an eight-game streak. He's only been held off the scoresheet in Game 1 of the first round against the Flames. As such, MacKinnon has universal fantasy appeal for Saturday's Game 5 as the Avs try to pull ahead in the series.
News: Grubauer earned a 32-save shutout in Thursday's 3-0 Game 4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Grubauer's had mixed results in the second round, but he was at the top of his game Thursday. It's the first postseason shutout of his career. Grubauer should start again in Saturday's Game 5.
News: Grubauer will guard the cage in Thursday's Game 4 against the Sharks in Colorado, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grubauer was a little shaky during Tuesday's Game 3, surrendering three goals on 30 shots en route to his third loss of this postseason. The German goaltender will look to bounce back and help his team head back to San Jose for Game 5 with the series tied at two games apiece by picking up a much-needed victory at home Thursday.
News: Calvert will lace up the skates for Thursday's Game 4 against the Sharks, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Calvert skipped Game 3 because of the upper-body issue, but it appears the bottom-six winger has avoided a major injury and will be back in the fold for the Avs on Thursday. He tallied two assists in Game 2 and owns three points this postseason, making him a potential sleeper for DFS lineups.
News: Calvert (upper body) is considered questionable for Thursday's Game 4 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Calvert missed Tuesday's Game 3 due to an upper-body injury, but he was a full participant at practice Wednesday, and appears to be on track to rejoin the lineup Thursday. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Avalanche wait until pregame warmups to release official word on the veteran forward's status for Game 4.
News: Greer was called up from the minors Wednesday following AHL Colorado's exit from the postseason, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. In addition the club promoted forwards Dominic Toninato and Logan O'Connor, defenseman Anton Lindholm and goaltender Pavel Francouz.
Impact: Greer was bouncing between leagues over the last few weeks as an emergency depth option, but never broke into the lineup. The winger notched one goal, one assist and nine shots in 15 NHL games this season, while averaging a mere 6:16 of ice time. If any of the Black Aces is going to jump into the lineup, Greer is the odds-on favorite.
News: Calvert (upper body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's Game 4 clash with San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Calvert missed Game 3 due to his upper-body issue, but should slot back into a bottom-six role. The winger notched a pair of assists his last time out and will no doubt be eager to get back on the scoresheet. Sven Andrighetto figures to be the odd man out once again.
News: Zadorov racked up 11 hits and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: Zadorov hasn't put his name on the scoresheet in eight postseason games, but he has delivered 42 hits, 20 PIM and 16 blocked shots in that span. The Russian blueliner had only 14 points in 70 regular-season contests, so he can't be trusted for offense, but he is almost certain to provide physicality whenever he hops over the boards.
News: Makar registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: Makar has stepped seamlessly onto the third pairing for the Avalanche, with a goal and three helpers as well as eight blocked shots in six contests. The 20-year-old blueliner won't be asked to do too much, but his offensive prowess has been on display since he joined the team, illustrating why the Avalanche selected him with the fourth overall pick in 2017.
News: Girard picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: It's the defenseman's first point in eight career postseason games. Girard missed the last three games of the Avalanche's first-round series with an upper-body injury, but has returned to the lineup on the third pairing for the second round. He's currently alongside Cale Makar, a combination that could provide depth scoring from the blue line if the Avalanche are to overcome their 2-1 deficit in the series.
News: Cole notched an assist, four PIM and three hits in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: Cole has earned four assists in eight postseason games, adding 14 PIM, 13 hits and 22 blocked shots in that span. The defense-first blueliner shouldn't be expected to produce many points, but his production in non-scoring categories may earn him some fantasy relevance.
News: Nieto scored a goal and added two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: Nieto has provided solid depth scoring for the Avalanche with four tallies and two assists over eight postseason appearances. He's shooting 28.6 percent on 14 shots in the playoffs, well above his career rate of 8.9 percent. The productive burst can make the third-line winger useful for DFS formats.
News: MacKinnon scored a goal on five shots but also went minus-2 in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: MacKinnon is on a seven-game point streak, during which he's accumulated five tallies and seven apples. He's taken a pair of goals and assists apiece along with 15 shots in three games against the Sharks, but his Avalanche are trailing 2-1 in the series. He's racking up points regardless of the results though, and can be trusted in fantasy circles.
News: Grubauer allowed three goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Impact: Grubauer has allowed 10 goals in three games against the Sharks, matching how many he surrendered over five games in the first round. Grubauer has earned a bit of trust with a 1.85 GAA and a .942 save percentage since the start of March, but he will need to turn around his recent struggles if the Avalanche are to escape the second round.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) is available to play, but will not suit up against the Sharks on Tuesday, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Technically, Kamenev is still listed on injured reserve per the NHL media site, but the fact that he is considered healthy by the team means he could be activated at any point. Even if the club does remove him from IR, he is unlikely to break into the lineup over Matt Calvert (upper body) or Sven Andrighetto.
News: Calvert sustained an upper-body injury and will miss Game 3 versus San Jose on Tuesday, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Calvert -- who is coming off a two-point performance in Game 2 -- will be replaced in the lineup by Sven Andrighetto. The 28-year-old Calvert was on the ice for the game-day skate, per Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, so it appears his injury may not be too severe and can probably be labeled day-to-day ahead of Game 4 on Thursday.
News: Grubauer will start Game 3 at home versus the Sharks on Tuesday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grubauer has had sole possession of the net for the Avalanche in the 2018 playoffs, with pending unrestricted free agent Semyon Varlamov available in a backup capacity. The former hung on for a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Sunday, and now even-keeled series is in Colorado for the first time.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) took part in an optional skate Monday sporting a regular jersey, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: It's still a few steps away from returning to action, but at least Kamenev is making strides in his recovery. Full participation at a well attended practice will be the next step for the center, who has been sidelined since Dec. 8. Even once cleared to play, there is no guarantee Kamenev will slot back into the lineup and he may have to settle for watching from the press box as a healthy scratch.
News: Calvert tallied a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-3 victory over San Jose.
Impact: Despite his two-point afternoon, Calvert remains bogged down in a 12-game goal drought dating back to March 27 versus Vegas. The Manitoba native only put 16 shots on net during his slump, so his chances of tickling the twine are certainly limited.
News: MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist versus the Sharks in Game 2 on Sunday.
Impact: MacKinnon is riding a six-game scoring streak in which he registered three multipoint efforts, including Sunday's 4-3 victory. The world-class center figures to continue leading the way for the Avs and will look to add to his goal account in Game 3 at home Tuesday.
News: Girard paired with Cale Makar for Sunday's Game 2 win over the Sharks, Ron Knabenbauer of NHL.com reports. They combined to have nine shots, five on goal.
Impact: Girard previously paired with Erik Johnson. "I just thought Makar had a real good impact last game, and I was expecting Girard to be better after missing some time," coach Jared Bednar said after Sunday's victory. "He looked a bit rusty (in Game 1). Tough to create offense against this team, they check real hard. Getting those two guys together can help us as a five-man unit and help produce offense."
News: Nieto scored his third goal of the playoffs in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sharks. This was the first of the three to come at even strength, Ron Knabenbauer of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nieto isn't much of a scorer for the Avs (4-19-23 this season), but he was able to step up against his original team Sunday. "I think our line was grinding all night. We're in the offensive zone, not really getting a whole lot of looks but working down there and playing in the O-zone," Nieto said. "To get that one, where it is just sitting on the goal line and we're all battling to get there, that was nice."
News: Grubauer stopped 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Sharks, allowing the Avs to even up the series.
Impact: Grubauer and the Avs were much stronger after Game 1's hiccup. It got a little hairy at the end, with the Sharks scoring with 10 seconds left with the extra skater, but Grubauer and the Avs were able to hold on.
News: Landeskog put the Avs ahead 2-1 on the Sharks in Sunday's Game 2 win that ultimately ended 4-3.
Impact: After having a miserable scoring line (no points, minus-3 rating) in Game 1, Landeskog came up big Sunday night. His value has come back full circle after a couple of down years, with him tallying a career-high 75 points during the regular season.
News: Barrie had a huge game Sunday night in Game 2 against the Sharks, posting a goal and two assists in a series-tying win.
Impact: Barrie is a huge catalyst for this Avs team - when he's on, it tends to roll. He posted 59 points in the regular season, and had five points in Colorado's first-round series win over the Flames, getting on the board in three of its four wins.
News: Grubauer will draw the start for Sunday's Game 2 tilt against San Jose, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Impact: Grubauer was lit up for four goals on 26 shots in Colorado's Game 1 loss on Friday. The Avalanche are hoping for him to get back to his Round 1 ways, where he recorded a 1.90 GAA and .939 save percentage while going 4-1-0.
News: Makar posted an assist and two shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks for Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
Impact: Makar has a goal and two helpers in four postseason games since joining the Avalanche from the University of Massachusetts. He's added seven blocked shots and averaged 18:00 per game.
News: Jost picked up an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks for Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
Impact: Jost was held without a point in five games during the first round, but he was able to contribute to the offense with the helper on Gabriel Bourque's opening goal 2:10 into the game. Jost only has two assists in 12 career playoff appearances, but he's capable of heating up on short notice.
News: Rantanen registered a power-play assist, two shots and a minus-2 rating in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Rantanen has 10 points over a five-game point streak, though his multi-point streak ended with the single helper. The Finnish winger remains on the Avalanche's second line, but it hasn't affected his scoring output at all in the postseason.
News: MacKinnon registered a power-play assist and three shots but went minus-3 in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
Impact: MacKinnon has three goals and six helpers in his last five games, with six of those points coming on the man advantage. MacKinnon had 99 points in 82 regular-season games, so he's certainly a player who can put up big numbers and he has done so in the postseason thus far.
News: Bourque scored a goal and delivered five hits in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
Impact: The fourth-line winger hadn't registered a point in his last seven games, and he hadn't scored in his last 10 outings before beating Martin Jones in the first period. He does have 17 hits in six postseason games, but without point production, Bourque is unlikely to carry much fantasy value.
News: Wilson scored a power-play goal on three shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
Impact: Wilson led the Avs with a three-point effort when they clinched their first-round series against the Flames, and he wasted no time in marking his name on the scoresheet in the second round, despite the loss. Wilson has five points in six games during this postseason run.
News: Grubauer allowed four goals on 26 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of the second-round playoff series.
Impact: The Avalanche hadn't played since they eliminated the Flames in five games on April 19, so the week off may have caused Grubauer to get a bit rusty. He should be between the pipes again for Sunday's Game 2.
News: Grubauer will be in net for Friday's Game 1 against the Sharks, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Grubauer seemed to grow more confident as the opening-round series versus the Flames moved along, allowing no more than two goals in the final four contests after letting in three in Game 1. He will retake the cage for Game 1 of the second round, squaring off against a Sharks club that ended Game 7 of the opening round with a bang, notching four goals in the third period to tie the game versus the Golden Knights and another in overtime to clinch the series.
News: Girard (upper body) will dress for Friday's Game 1 against the Sharks, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Girard missed the final three games of the team's opening-round upset of Calgary, but he's doing well enough to rejoin the mix on the back end. Either Cale Makar or Patrick Nemeth will come out of the lineup unless the Avalanche opt to roll with seven defensemen for the contest.
News: According to Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, Girard (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, but he has a "good chance" of being healthy for the conference semifinals, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Avs reportedly will make an official call on Girard in the next couple of days. Colorado is scheduled to take on the Sharks for Game 1 of the second playoff round Friday, so we'd keep an eye out for another update prior to that contest, with the official start time still to be determined.
News: Girard (upper body) was unable to shed his non-contact jersey for Tuesday's practice, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: We issued a similar update four days ago. Until Girard starts taking contact in practice, one cannot realistically expect him to get the green light to play. Meanwhile, the Avalanche are awaiting their opponent for the conference semifinals.
News: Brassard (illness) was back healthy for Monday's practice, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Brassard missed the last three games of the first round due to illness, but seems to have recovered fully. The 31-year-old hasn't been great lately, however, and is currently on a six-game pointless streak. Despite the lack of production, expect Brassard to resume his normal top-six role and spot on the power play when the second round begins.
News: Makar posted an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames in Game 5.
Impact: Makar joined the lineup for Game 3, and he produced a goal and a helper as well as six blocks in his three appearances. He went plus-4 in that span as the Calgary native helped the Avalanche eliminate his hometown team.
News: Landeskog registered a goal on two shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames for Game 5.
Impact: After earning a helper in each of the Avalanche's first three wins, Landeskog scored the opening goal in Friday's contest by tipping a Tyson Barrie shot from the point past goalie Mike Smith. Landeskog also had 20 hits, 21 shots, eight PIM and seven blocked shots in the series.
News: Barrie had a trio of assists -- with two coming on the power play, -- in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames for Game 5.
Impact: The Avs' top players all clicked Friday, Barrie included. He finished the series with five helpers and 20 shots on goal in five games. Barrie will likely remain a top fantasy option on the blue line throughout Colorado's playoff run.
News: MacKinnon delivered three assists in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames for Game 5.
Impact: It was MacKinnon's second three-point outing of the series, which the Avalanche won 4-1. Two of his helpers Friday came with the man advantage. He finished the series compiling three goals and five assists, with five of the eight points coming on the power play. MacKinnon also pumped 26 shots on goal.
News: Wilson scored two goals -- including one on the power play -- and added an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames for Game 5.
Impact: It's a bit of an unexpected burst for the 29-year-old winger, who had only one assist over the previous four games. Avalanche fans won't be complaining, as Wilson was one of four Avs to accumulate three points in the contest, which secured the team's advancement to the second round.
News: Rantanen scored a pair of goals and added a helper and five shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames in Game 5.
Impact: Rantanen registered five tallies and four assists in the Avalanche's four wins, and his production was a key to them advancing to the second round. Three of his nine points, including his second goal Friday, came on the man advantage.
News: Grubauer stopped 28 of 29 shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames in Game 5.
Impact: The win, Grubauer's fourth straight, sent the Avalanche to the second round. Grubauer finished the round with a 4-1 record, 1.90 GAA and .939 save percentage. The Avalanche will face the winner of the Sharks versus Golden Knights series, with Grubauer likely to continue as the primary starter.
News: Grubauer will get the starting nod for Friday's Game 5 matchup with Calgary on the road, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Grubauer is riding a three-game winning streak in which he posted a 1.82 GAA and .946 save percentage. The German netminder will need to continue to perform well if he is going to continue to stymie the Flames' high-powered offense that averaged 3.52 goals in the regular season (third highest in the league).
News: Brassard (illness) will miss Friday's matchup with Calgary, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Brassard will miss his third consecutive game due to his illness. Prior to getting sick, the center was bogged down in a six-game pointless streak, during which he managed 11 shots on net. The Quebec native will almost certainly slot back into a top-six role and retake his spot on the power play once cleared to play.
News: Girard (upper body) remained in a non-contact sweater ahead of Friday's Game 5 playoff contest against the Flames, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: This effectively rules out Girard for a road contest that could see the Avalanche skate off with a series win. Newly minted Hobey Baker Award winner Cale Maker -- who found twine in his NHL debut for Game 2 -- will continue to be relied upon as a direct replacement for the injured Girard.
News: Nieto registered an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Nieto has registered two goals and two helpers in his last three games. He doesn't contribute a whole lot in other categories, with only three hits and seven shots in the series, but while the points are piling up, Nieto could be worth a look for DFS players.
News: Calvert had an assist, three shots and five hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime with over the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Calvert entered the contest on a five-game pointless streak before finding J.T. Compher for the Avalanche's first goal of the game. Calvert had 26 points in 82 contests in the regular season, but he's mostly used as a bottom-six forward, which gives him little fantasy appeal in the postseason.
News: Soderberg earned an assist, four shots and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: It's Soderberg's first point in this playoff run. He also has five hits and nine shots in four games. He had 49 points in 82 contests in the regular season, but Soderberg has had trouble finding his way on offense in the postseason.
News: Barrie picked up a power-play helper, seven shots, four hits and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Barrie has posted two assists and 18 shots over four games in the series. He had a career year with 59 points in 78 contests in the regular season, but he's played more of a supplementary role in the offense so far in the postseason.
News: Landeskog collected an assist, six shots and seven hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Landeskog has exactly one helper in each of the last three games, adding 14 hits and 16 shots in that span. The Swedish winger has produced across categories in the series and will likely be a smart DFS play for Friday's Game 5.
News: MacKinnon posted a power-play assist and seven shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: MacKinnon has gathered five points in his last three games, also pumping 19 shots on goal in that span. He's been a major factor for the Avalanche, who lead the series 3-1.
News: Compher scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Compher has recorded a point in each of the last three games, with two goals and a helper in that span. Compher has also added seven hits and six shots in four contests in the series, acting as a productive depth scorer.
News: Rantanen scored two goals, one on the power play, in Wedneday's 3-2 overtime with against the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: It's Rantanen's third straight two-point effort, as he's made an impact in all three of the Avalanche's wins in the series. His first goal evened the score at 2-2 late in the third period, and his second goal was the overtime winner. The Finnish winger is a key component for the Avalanche offense and could be worth a look in DFS for Friday's Game 5.
News: Grubauer made 35 saves on 37 shots in Wendesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flames in Game 4.
Impact: Down 2-0 with 13 minutes to go, Grubauer turned into a wall, allowing the Avalanche to pull off the comeback win that gives them a 3-1 series lead. Grubauer will likely get a chance to close out the series in Game 5 on Friday.
News: Brassard (illness) will not draw into Wednesday's Game 4 versus the Flames, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Brassard will skip his second straight contest due to a bug, though he went without a point in the first two games of the series and has just one in his last nine games. There's no indication of when he may be back, but the veteran is a useful piece in the Avs bid for a first-round upset.
News: Grubauer will get the starting nod for Wednesday's Game 4 home clash with Calgary, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Grubauer gave up a pair of goals in each of his previous two outings while facing a combined 66 shots (.939 save percentage). It was an inconsistent season for the German, as he went 18-9-5 with three shutouts and a 2.64 GAA in 37 appearances and was forced to split time with Semyon Varlamov. The netminder will look to keep rolling versus the Flames' star-studded offense and take a 3-1 series lead Wednesday.
News: Girard (upper body) will not make his return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Flames, but he's getting closer to rejoining the action, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Girard will miss out on his second straight game because of the upper-body issue, but his progress is an encouraging sign ahead of Game 5 on Friday. The blueliner should retake his spot on the top pairing when healthy, with Ian Cole working alongside Erik Johnson in the meantime.
News: Girard (upper body) might be available versus Calgary on Wednesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: After appearing in all 82 games this season, Girard missed Game 3 due to his upper-body issue. The blueliner is stuck in a 19-game goal drought, but has managed seven helpers over that stretch. Even if Girard is given the green light to play, he could find himself relegated to the press box in favor of Cale Makar.
News: The Avalanche have recalled Toninato from AHL Colorado, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Toninato was added on emergency conditions with the news that Derick Brassard is under the weather. He's unlikely to draw in against the Flames on Wednesday, but he will be on hand should the need arise.
News: Cannata -- who was up with the Avs as an emergency third goalie -- was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Tuesday, TSN reports.
Impact: Cannata's promotion was likely to get him some extra work while the Eagles had a few days off before the Calder Cup Playoffs start Friday. The 29-year-old actually spent most of the year with ECHL Utah, where he went 17-18-4 with a .904 save percentage. Set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, the 2009 sixth-round pick could struggle to secure a two-way deal from an NHL club.