Player News - Avalanche

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Blake Comeau scored at the 19:47 minute mark of the first period, but that was all the offense the Colorado Avalanche could muster as they lost a 10-1 contest to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

Comeau’s goal was the fourth of the season with an assist from Nikita Zadorov (his fourth) and Nathan MacKinnon (his 12th). About the only thing that can be said about this performance is that Comeau saved face for the team.
Dec 11 - 12:27 AM

Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard combined to give up 10 goals as the Colorado Avalanche were bowled over by the Montreal Canadiens 10-1 Saturday night.

The Habs came out firing with five goals in the first nine minutes of the game. The Avalanche netminders were never able to gain any composure as Pickard gave up four goals on 20 shots with Varlamov facing 16 and giving up six. While they undoubtedly shredded fantasy rosters, a loss is just a loss in the standings.
Dec 11 - 12:08 AM

Cody McLeod and Eric Gelinas will be scratched against Montreal on Saturday.

McLeod has played just twice this month. Through 16 games he has 26 hits and 33 PIMs, far more than anything Gelinas has produced.
Dec 10 - 6:46 PM

Gabriel Landeskog's absence ends at 10 games, tonight against Montreal.

Through 15 games thus far he has four goals and eight points along with 31 hits. You know what to do, get him back in your lineup.
Dec 10 - 1:02 PM

Jarome Iginla will play in his 1500th NHL game on Saturday night.

The Avalanche are in Montreal visiting the Canadiens. Iginla has put together an incredible career. He's scored 614 goals, 1279 points and 1001 penalty minutes in his career with the Flames, Penguins, Bruins and Avs. He becomes the 16th player in league history to reach that milestone. Of all the active players in the NHL right now, Iginla ranks second in games played. Only Jaromir Jagr has suited up more times.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 10 - 12:04 PM

Calvin Pickard will be the Avalanche's starter on Saturday.

Pickard is getting a second start in a row after saving 29 of 31 shots on Thursday. He has a 5-2-1 record, 2.39 GAA, and .922 save percentage in nine contests this season.
Dec 9 - 5:23 PM

Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) thinks he'll make his return on Saturday.

Coach Jared Bednar wouldn't confirm his availability though, so we'll have to wait and see. Landeskog has missed 10 straight games due to the injury.
Dec 9 - 1:44 PM

Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) sat for a 10th straight game Thursday, but he is getting closer to a return.

"He's progressing every day and it's just a matter of getting on the ice enough and testing that — so he's 100 percent when he gets back," coach Jared Bednar said. Landeskog wasn't able to skate Wednesday because of an illness that has been making its way through the team.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 9 - 9:28 AM

Francois Beauchemin (hand) was fine to play Thursday.

He earned an assist for his sixth point of the season. Beauchemin didn't practice on Wednesday because of a minor hand injury.
Dec 9 - 9:24 AM

John Mitchell finally got his first point of 2016-17 in his 20th game.

He scored a goal in Thursday's 4-2 win over Boston. Mitchell has never been much of an offensive contributor, but he can generate between 20-30 points.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 9 - 9:22 AM

Carl Soderberg scored his fourth goal of the season Thursday.

He halted a seven-game goalless slump with his former team, the Boston Bruins, in Denver to face the Avalanche. Sodeberg had 51 points in 82 games last year, but he is off to a slow start in 2016-17 with eight points through 25 contests.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 9 - 9:18 AM

The flu bug didn't stop Nathan MacKinnon from playing and scoring a shorthanded goal on Thursday night against Boston.

"I was sick as a dog the last couple days," MacKinnon said. "It's tough to stomach anything, and it was tough to get my legs going in the first. But we're a good team on the road." He had five shots in 18:32 of ice time.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 9 - 9:13 AM

Calvin Pickard turned aside 29 of 31 shots in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The only player to beat Pickard tonight was the red-hot David Pastrnak, who scored twice. The victory was Pickard's first since Nov. 19 (three games). He has a 5-2-1 record with a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. If he keeps playing this well, he could steal more starts from Semyon Varlamov.
Dec 8 - 9:57 PM

Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal of the season in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

Duchene took advantage of a turnover in the Bruins' defensive zone and beat Anton Khudobin with a wrist shot to make it 1-0 in the first period. He was OK to play despite missing Wednesday's practice because of an illness. Teammate Nathan MacKinnon, who was also under the weather Wednesday, doubled the team's lead before the end of the frame. Duchene has scored three goals in his last two games and now has 17 points in 21 games. John Mitchell and Carl Soderberg also scored for the Avs.
Dec 8 - 9:51 PM

Eric Gelinas will be scratched against the Bruins on Thurday.

Though already having played twice this month, Gelinas has seen just nine games of action. Which suggests he doesn't have much of a role with the team.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 8 - 6:54 PM


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