Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Semyon Varlamov skipped Tuesday's practice because of an illness.

The Avalanche host Dallas on Wednesday night. Varlamov still could be ready to play in that contest. He has a 1-1-0 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .931 save percentage in two games versus the Stars this season.
Nov 21 - 1:50 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has been named the third star of the week for the period ending Nov. 19.

MacKinnon accounted for two goals and five assists in three outings during that time. He set career highs with four assists and five points in a 6-2 win against the Washington Capitals. MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 22 points in 19 games this year.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 20 - 6:16 PM

Erik Johnson notched a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 OT win over Detroit.

Johnson also had five shots on target, one hit and two blocks in 30:48 of ice time. The Avalanche rearguard has averaged 26:43 of playing time per game this season, which ranks fifth overall in the league. Johnson has also chipped in eight points in 19 games.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 20 - 11:32 AM

Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves on 24 shots on Sunday night, enough to get the victory over Detroit.

Bernier and the Avalanche came through with a 4-3 road victory in overtime on Sunday. The veteran snaps a two-game skid and improves to 3-4 this season with a 3.59 goals against average and .886 save percentage.
Nov 19 - 9:16 PM

Nathan MacKinnon was late to the party, but ultimately helped the Avalanche edge the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime on Sunday.

MacKinnon assisted on Carl Soderberg's tying goal in the final minute of regulation, then scored the overtime winner to give Colorado the victory. MacKinnon, fresh off a five point performance last week against Washington, now has 22 points in 19 games this season.
Nov 19 - 9:01 PM

Samuel Girard will likely be with the Avalanche for the rest of the season.

That shouldn't come as a surprise. Girard will play his 10th game of the year on Sunday and activate the first season of his entry-level contract. He has two assists in four games with Colorado since he was acquired from Nashville and he has topped 20 minutes of playing time in each outing.
Nov 19 - 6:22 PM

Chris Bigras will draw into the lineup on Sunday against Detroit.

Bigras will play instead of Andrei Mironov. He has one assist in 13 outings with Colorado this season.
Nov 19 - 4:30 PM

Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes for Sunday's match versus Detroit.

Semyon Varlamov was roughed up for five goals on 24 shots by Nashville on Saturday in a 5-2 loss and he'll get the night off to rest. Bernier has a 2-4-0 record with a 3.71 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage this year.
Nov 19 - 2:22 PM

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post is speculating that Samuel Girard might be the next Duncan Keith.

"It’s just a matter of maturity," said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who worked with Girard since he was selected by the Predators with the 47th pick of the 2016 draft. "He’s a smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman. He can be a little bit slippery, at times. He sees the ice real well. He’s going to be a good offensive player, I think, for a long time. With his size, physically being able to handle the players that he might play against, or the demands of preseason, regular season, then playoffs, it seemed that this year he was ready to take that jump." Girard was acquired by the Avalanche in the trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa and Kyle Turris to Nashville. The 19-year-old played against his former Nashville teammates last night and finished the game a minus-1, but logged 21:19 of ice time. He has five points in nine games this season, but it might be a year early to add him in fantasy leagues. However, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 19 - 10:10 AM

Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 of 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Varlamov simply didn't have it again tonight. He's needed goals from his teammates to win so far this season, evident by him allowing 25 goals over his last six games in goal. If you are in a deep league and are forced to own the Russian netminder, it is best to keep him at the end of your bench and only use him when absolutely needed.
Nov 18 - 11:08 PM

Andrei Mironov picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Mironov took advantage of a Predators turnover to bust Rinne's shutout bid with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. After celebrating his first NHL point last Saturday, Mironov is now celebrating both his first NHL goal and first two-point night. The 23-year-old Russian is not worth scooping up in fantasy leagues.
Nov 18 - 11:04 PM

Tyson Barrie will be back in the lineup Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

Barrie missed Thursday's game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury. Chris Bigras will sit in the press box in his place. Barrie has 14 points in 16 games so far this season and should be inserted in every fantasy lineup. Gabriel Bourque is also expected to sit.
Nov 18 - 7:47 PM

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for Colorado tonight when they take on Nashville.

Varlamov is coming off a 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. He's coming into the contest with a 7-3-0 record but owns a subpar 3.07 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
Nov 18 - 7:43 PM

Semyon Varlamov is expected to play between the pipes on Saturday.

Varlamov has won three of his last four games. He has a 7-3-1 record, 3.07 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 11 contests in 2017-18.
Nov 18 - 2:58 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has collected an incredible 15 points in his last seven contests.

Five of those points came in Thursday's win over the Washington Capitals. MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog have been really good since being put on the same line by coach Jared Bednar. "We all gel really well," MacKinnon said of his line. "We’re good friends off the ice, which is nice, too. Gabe is a really good power forward, I feel. You know what you’re going to get from him every night. He’s going to play hard and physical and obviously he has a ton of skill. Mikko is just a really good playmaker. I just try to bring some speed, try to back defenders off and create as much as I can."
Source: Denver Post
Nov 18 - 11:23 AM


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