Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Mikhail Grigorenko scored his fifth goal of the 2016-17 season, but his efforts fell short as the Colorado Avalanche lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks in OT on Saturday.

This marks his first goal since a tally in a loss to the Stars on Dec. 29. He's been on a bit of a hot streak lately overall, however, as he now has three points (1G, 2A) in his last four contests. He now has 15 points in 41 GP in 2016-17, barely managing more than one SOG per game (50 in those 41).
Jan 22 - 2:56 AM

Spencer Martin helped the Colorado Avalanche grab a standings point, but they ultimately fell 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Martin gave up three goals on 30 SOG in this one. The 21-year-old was drafted in the third round (63rd overall) in 2013 and has been playing pretty well at the AHL level so far in his career. There might be some potential there in the future, though one would guess it will still take a while for him to realize any of it in a meaningful way in fantasy.
Jan 22 - 2:53 AM

Patrick Wiercioch and Joe Colborne will be scratched against the Sharks on Saturday.

Through 37 games this season Wiercioch has posted nine points along with 35 hits and 38 blocks. Colborne meanwhile has four points in 33 games thus far.
Jan 21 - 8:25 PM

Rene Bourque (lower body) didn't practice on Friday.

Bourque exited Thursday's game against the Ducks after the first period and he did not return. It's unclear if he'll be available for Saturday's game. He's considered day-to-day for now.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 11:45 AM

Tyson Barrie didn't participate in Colorado's practice on Friday.

Barrie missed Thursday's game against the Ducks because of a lower-body injury, but his status for Saturday's game is still up in the air. He's considered day-to-day for now.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 11:43 AM

Calvin Pickard says he's feeling good about his game right now.

Pickard is coming off a 2-1 loss to Anaheim, but he still thinks he's playing some good hockey. "I’m really happy with the way I’ve played the last few games, and I just want to go back out there next game and have the same effort," Pickard said. "If I play that way and feel confident, feel comfortable, the results will take care of itself." Pickard will get the night off on Saturday, but expect him to be back between the pipes next Monday. He has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage in 2016-17.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 11:42 AM

Spencer Martin will get his first career NHL start on Saturday against the Sharks.

The 21-year-old has been good for AHL San Antonio this season, his second twirl through pro hockey. Martin has posted a 15-9 record through 27 games with a .915 save percentage and 2.62 GAA.
Jan 20 - 8:11 PM

Matt Duchene has a three-game point streak.

He recorded an assist on a power-play goal by Gabriel Landeskog in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Anaheim. Duchene has generated two goals and two assists during that span. He appears to be back on track after posting two points in his previous 10 games.
Jan 20 - 9:27 AM

Calvin Pickard turned aside 34-of-36 shots but it wasn't enough as Colorado fell 2-1 to Anaheim on Thursday.

The Avalanche were heavily out shot and out chanced and Pickard was both good and lucky to keep it so close all game. The 24-year-old has turned in two good performances, allowing just three goals on 72 shots combined. With Varlamov back on the shelf, he will likely get a lot more starts. He's not a recommended start with the struggling squad in front of him, though.
Jan 20 - 3:30 AM

Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone goal for Colorado in a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday.

It was a power-play marker and ninth of the campaign for the Avalanche captain who is the subject of trade rumors. Landeskog has a modest three game points streak going (2G-1A) and has four points in his last five games. He's numbers don't look so bad considering everything going on in Colorado. The 24-year-old has 16 points in 33 games. Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon picked up helpers.
Jan 20 - 3:23 AM

Joe Colborne will be scratched against the Ducks on Thursday.

Through 33 games so far he's still stuck at three goals and four points along with 49 hits.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 19 - 10:04 PM

Tyson Barrie will miss Thursday's match with the Ducks due to a lower body injury.

Colorado's top blue liner has picked up three goals and 23 points along with 42 hits in 42 games so far this season. He is considered day-to-day, for now.
Jan 19 - 9:49 PM

Calvin Pickard will get the nod on Thursday versus Anaheim.

Semyon Varlamov is back on the sidelines with a groin injury, so Pickard will tend to the cage with Spencer Martin slated to back him up. Pickard was good in his last start during a 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders on Jan. 6, but his overall numbers don't inspire much confidence. He has a 7-11-1 record with a 3.06 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 19 - 9:20 AM

Spencer Martin has been brought up by Colorado.

Semyon Varlamov is back on the sidelines with a groin injury. Coach Jared Bednar said that Martin could see NHL playing time during his latest pro stint.
Jan 18 - 2:42 PM

Semyon Varlamov (groin) won't play until after the All-Star break.

Coach Jared Bednar said that Varlamov's groin injury isn't a day-to-day issue, so the team decided to shut him down for a while. The Avalanche netminder has dealt with his fair share of groin injuries throughout his career, including a few trips to the sidelines this season.
Jan 18 - 2:39 PM


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