Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start for the Avalanche on Sunday afternoon against Edmonton.

Varlamov earned a 44-save shutout in his most recent start, but he struggled in relief of Jonathan Bernier on Friday. Andrew Hammond was called up by Colorado on Saturday to serve as Varlamov's backup after Bernier was injured. Varlamov has a 14-11-2 record, 2.83 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 31 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 8:23 AM

Jonathan Bernier (concussion) won't be available for Sunday's game.

Bernier was concussed during Friday's game. Andrew Hammond has been summoned to serve as the backup goaltender on Sunday.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 8:21 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have assigned A.J. Green to the minors on Saturday.

Greer has three assists in 17 games this season. He also dropped the gloves with Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien during last night's game against the Jets. Greer will likely be back in the NHL sooner than later.
Feb 17 - 9:10 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have recalled Andrew Hammond from the minors.

Hammond is being recalled because Jonathan Bernier was forced from yesterday's game against Winnipeg. The 30-year-old has yet to play in an NHL game this season, but he has an 8-6-2 record with a 3.34 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage in the minors this season.
Feb 17 - 5:39 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) will return to the Avalanche lineup on Sunday.

MacKinnon has missed the last eight games because of a shoulder injury, but he took part in Saturday's full practice with his teammates. The Avs forward was a legitimate MVP candidate before suffering the injury, so he'll be a welcomed addition to the lineup. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. All fantasy owners must insert him back into their lineup starting tomorrow.
Feb 17 - 4:29 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) is back at practice on Saturday.

He's also wearing a regular jersey, which would indicate that he's closing in on a return. MacKinnon has missed each of Colorado's last eight games. The Avalanche have him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. Whenever he returns, he'll be a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

A.J. Greer dropped the gloves with Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on Friday night.

That's one way for the youngster to get noticed. "(Blake) Wheeler’s cross-checking Greer and Greer turns around and gives it back to him and Byfuglien comes in and wants to fight and Greer answers the bell,"head coach Jared Bednar said after the game. "I thought (Greer) did a great job. Byfuglien doesn’t stop so he gets the extra penalty." Greer now has three assists, a plus-2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in 17 games this season. The Avalanche lost the game 6-1.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 17 - 10:17 AM

Jonathan Bernier suffered a head injury in Friday's game against the Jets.

Bernier didn't come out for the start of the third period, so many thought he was being pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov, but head coach Jared Bednar mentioned that he was going through concussion protocol. The team will likely provide an update on his status in the coming day. Bernier has a 17-11-2 record with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. He's day-to-day for now.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 17 - 10:15 AM

The Colorado Avalanche own the worst road power play in the NHL this season.

The Avalanche were blown out 6-1 by the Jets on Friday night, but they failed to score on four power play attempts in the second period, which could have changed the game. They are clicking at just 11.7 percent on the man-advantage away from home. A power play goal here and there could be the difference between picking up enough points to make the playoffs.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 17 - 10:13 AM

Jonathan Bernier was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Bernier lasted two periods. He did not come out for the start of the third period. Semyon Varlamov entered the game in relief of Bernier, and he gave up two more goals on eight shots. The loss drops Bernier's record to 17-11-2 on the season. The Avs netminder has a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. He's dropped two of his last three games and he's given up three goals or more in each of those outings.
Feb 16 - 10:55 PM

Mikko Rantanen found the back of the net in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Rantanen's goal was relatively meaningless, as it cut the Avalanche's deficit to 6-1 at the 14:04 mark of the third period. The Avs forward finished the game with a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 15:06 of ice time. The 21-year-old 18 goals and 53 points in 56 games this season.
Feb 16 - 10:49 PM

Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Yakupov has nine goals and 16 points in 50 games this season. It's the first time he serves as a healthy scratch Dec. 29. Duncan Siemens is also expected to watch the game from the press box.
Feb 16 - 7:56 PM

Blake Comeau (upper body) will play in Friday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Comeau has 10 goals and 22 points in 53 games this season. He's missed the last three games because of an upper-body injury.
Feb 16 - 7:51 PM

Rocco Grimaldi has been returned to the minors.

Grimaldi was a healthy scratch Wednesday because Matt Nieto was able to play against Montreal.
Feb 16 - 11:06 AM

Blake Comeau (upper body) is probable to play Friday night against Winnipeg.

Comeau traveled with the team after he skated Thursday in a regular jersey at an optional practice. If he returns then look for him to be back with Carl Soderberg and Matt Nieto.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 16 - 11:04 AM


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