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Reto Berra is viewed as Colorado's probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers.

He spoke to reporters Monday and as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it looks like he'll get the nod after he injured his neck last Thursday. If Berra is fine to play then Calvin Pickard will back him up and the Avalanche will return Sami Aittokallio to the minors.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

Jesse Winchester (concussion) was on the ice for practice Monday.

He participated in a limited role, which makes him questionable at best for Tuesday's game against Florida. Winchester hasn't played yet this season because of a concussion he sustained in the preseason.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 20 - 5:54 PM

Semyon Varlamov (groin) will be back in Colorado's crease on Friday against Vancouver.

The Avalanche will go with Reto Berra, if he's ready, on Tuesday versus Florida, but he can't play then Calvin Pickard will probably get the nod. Varlamov has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
Oct 20 - 2:50 PM

Matt Duchene took full-responsibility for Colorado's 3-2 loss in Montreal on Saturday night.

Duchene scored a goal and has 10 shots on goal, but still felt he could have done more offensively. "I'll take 100 percent responsibility," said Duchene. "I got one (goal) at the end there but I should have had more. More than one has to go in for me tonight. I take full responsibility. My job is to score and make plays and help this team win. Carey Price played well but I have to be looser around the net." Duchene has two goals and three points in six games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 19 - 10:14 AM

After battling severe migraines since April, John Mitchell has played well for Colorado in his first two games of the season.

The migraines forced Mitchell to miss last year's playoffs, as well as this year's training camp and some regular season action. In two games this year, Mitchell has recorded a goal and an assist. The 29-year-old is a very good penalty-killer, and although he won't continue to put up points consistently, he is a heart-and-soul player. Colorado is better with him in the lineup.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 19 - 10:09 AM

Jesse Winchester has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Winchester suffered a concussion during an exhibition game on September 30. Consider him out indefinitely for now.
Oct 19 - 6:57 AM

Matt Duchene tipped-in a goal for the Avs, but it wasn’t enough in their 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Duchene was all over the place in this game, getting 10 shots on goal in the victory. He now has two goals and three points on the season, but if he keeps staying around the puck like he had in this one, the production should come. Alex Tanguay potted the other marker. John Mitchell, Jarome Iginla and Tyson Barrie had the helpers.
Oct 18 - 10:26 PM

Calvin Pickard was more than adequate in his first NHL start, though he ended up the loser after the Avalanche lost 3-2 to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Pickard made 33 saves at the Bell Centre, which is a tough building to play in for any goalie. The 22-year-old has a 3.65 goals-against average and .889 save percentage after nearly two games in the NHL. Pickard could make another start Tuesday before Semyon Varlamov (groin) is ready, which could be as soon as Friday. Or he could not make anymore if Reto Berra proves his neck is better by then.
Oct 18 - 10:25 PM

Semyon Varlamov (groin) is likely to return to practice Monday and could play against the Canucks on Friday, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Varlamov is dealing with a groin injury and was placed on the injured reserve, but it wasn’t expected to be a long stay. The 26-year-old has a 3.80 goals-against average and .910 save percentage this season.
Oct 18 - 9:38 PM

Despite skating on Colorado's third line, look for Daniel Briere to play well against his former team, the Canadiens, Saturday night.

He will no doubt want to show Habs' coach Michel Therrien he made a mistake in how Briere was deployed last season. Briere is coming off a big game Monday in which he scored the winning goal with the less than a second left in regulation. It will be interesting to see if he can ride the momentum of that marker to exact revenge on his former coach.
Oct 18 - 12:32 PM

The Avalanche have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's contest against Montreal.

Nathan MacKinnon will center a line featuring wingers Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene will skate between Jarome Iginla and Jamie McGinn and Willie Mitchell will play between Daniel Briere and Alex Tanguay. Winners in this alignment are Mitchell and McGinn. Losers are Briere and Tanguay.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 18 - 12:29 PM

Brad Stuart may have a nagging injury that may keep him out of the Avalanche lineup Saturday against the Canadiens.

He did not practice Friday. Stuart has not played well this season. He has no points and has a minus four rating. Perhaps a sit down, whether he is injured or not, is in order.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 18 - 12:23 PM

Reto Berra is working out on the ice with trainers Saturday morning.

He will not start against the Canadiens due to a neck injury and remains day-to-day. The Avalanche have called up Sami Aittokallio to backup Saturday's starter Calvin Pickard just in case Berra is not cleared to dress.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 18 - 12:19 PM

Calvin Pickard will start in goal Saturday night against Montreal.

With both Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra banged up, Pickard will draw the starting assignment. We wouldn't rush to pick him up at this point.
Oct 18 - 12:10 PM

Reto Berra (neck) is questionable for Saturday.

He had a chance to be Colorado's starter with Semyon Varlamov injured, but was hurt early into Thursday's contest. If he can't play then Calvin Pickard will start versus Montreal.
Oct 17 - 4:22 PM


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