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Samuel Girard's status is uncertain for Game 5 on Friday night.

Girard has missed the last three games because of an upper-body injury. Coach Jared Bednar said that the Avalanche blueliner was still day-to-day when he spoke to the media on Thursday.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 20 - 10:22 AM

Jonathan Bernier's lower-body injury has been a nagging issue, according to Avalanche coach Jared Bednar.

Bernier will not be available for Friday night's match against Nashville. As previously reported, Andrew Hammond will start Game 5 instead.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 20 - 10:13 AM

Andrew Hammond will be the Avalanche's starter for Game 5 on Friday.

This wasn't the plan, but Semyon Varlamov and now Jonathan Bernier are both injured, so the Avalanche's hands are tied. At least the Avalanche have a third-string goaltender with a bit of playoff experience, even if it's not a lot. Hammond has a 3.00 GAA and .921 save percentage in three career postseason games.
Apr 19 - 12:48 PM

Jonathan Bernier (lower body) will not get the start in Game 5.

Bernier was pulled from Game 4 due to the ailment. The fact that he's hurt is especially rough given that the Avalanche were already missing Semyon Varlamov. With the top two goaltenders injured, Andrew Hammond will get the nod in Game 5.
Apr 19 - 12:45 PM

Tyson Jost produced the first NHL postseason point of his career on Wednesday night.

Jost had the primary helper on a power-play goal by Gabriel Landeskog in a 3-2 loss to Nashville. The 20-year-old rookie didn't have a point in the first three games of the series. Jost notched 12 goals and 22 points in 65 matches during the regular season.
Apr 19 - 9:54 AM

Matt Nieto has posted three assists in four game playoff games versus the Nashville Predators.

Nieto has been held off the scoresheet for just one match in the series. He had a helper on a goal by Alexander Kerfoot in Game 4 Wednesday night.
Apr 19 - 9:51 AM

Coach Jared Bednar did not have an update on the status of Jonathan Bernier (lower body) after Wednesday's game.

"I haven't talked to the trainers yet," Bednar said. Andrew Hammond started the third period in relief and may be pressed into further action if Bernier can't play in Game 5 on Friday night.
Apr 19 - 9:47 AM

Andrew Hammond turned aside all eight shots he faced during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Hammond came into the game at the start of the third period after starter Jonathan Bernier was ruled out because of a lower-body injury. If Bernier can't go in Game 5 on Friday, the Avs would have to turn to Hammond, who played in just one NHL game during the regular season. Colorado is down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series, so one more loss would eliminate them from the playoffs. They might have to turn to Hammond in a do-or-die game, which is a scary thought.
Apr 19 - 1:40 AM

Alexander Kerfoot scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche were down 3-0 heading into the third period, but goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Kerfoot cut to the deficit to just one. Unfortunately for the Avs, that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Kerfoot has now scored in two of his last three games. The 23-year-old has two points in four games during the series. The Avalanche are now down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 will be played in Nashville on Friday night.
Apr 19 - 1:37 AM

Gabriel Landeskog found the back of the net in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche went into the third period trailing 3-0, but they managed to close the gap thanks to goals by Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot. Colorado had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but they were never able to. Landeskog finished the night with a two penalty minutes, one shot on goal and seven hits in 23:37 of ice time. The 25-year-old now has three goals and three assists in four games this postseason. The Avalanche will now head back to Nashville trailing 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. One more loss would eliminate them from the playoffs.
Apr 19 - 1:01 AM

Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Andrew Hammond was between the pipes to start the third period (Colorado was trailing 3-0 at the time). The Avs are down to their third string netminder now that Semyon Varlamov and Bernier are both out. Bernier turned aside 23 of 26 shots in the defeat. He now has a 1-3 record with a 3.87 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage this postseason. The Avalanche now find themselves down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. They'll look to save their season in Nashville on Friday night. The Avs will likely provide an update on Bernier's status in the next day or so. We'll consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

Jonathan Bernier will get the start in Game 4 against Nashville on Wednesday night.

Bernier stopped 29 of 32 shots in Monday's 5-3 win over Nashville. He has a 1-2 record with a 3.72 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:30 PM

Samuel Girard (upper body) has been ruled out for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Girard is missing his third consecutive game. He has been skating, but in a no-contact jersey, so while the Avalanche are calling him day-to-day, it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't return in the near future.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 18 - 5:13 PM

Samuel Girard (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey.

After the session coach Jared Bednar said that Girard is still day-to-day, but the defenseman could be a possibility to play on Wednesday in Game 4 against Nashville. Girard has missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury.
Apr 17 - 5:50 PM

Mikko Rantanen earned a pair of assists in Monday's 5-3 win over Nashville.

Colorado's top line, which features Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, combined for seven points in the victory to get Colorado back into their best-of-seven playoff series versus the Predators. Nashville has a 2-1 lead.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 11:51 AM


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