Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Erik Johnson (broken fibula) expects to return to the lineup on Saturday.

He has been sidelined since Dec. 3, but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Johnson has 11 points in 23 games this season.
Feb 22 - 2:22 PM

Mikko Rantanen drew first blood in the second period, but his goal was not enough to stem a 2-1 loss to the Kings Tuesday night.

Rantanen now has a three-game streak of scoring one goal per. His 14th goal of the season is second behind Matt Duchene’s 16 for the Avs, which makes him an acceptable risk when one has to stretch their fantasy budget in cap games.
Feb 21 - 11:41 PM

Calvin Pickard had a good night, but it was not enough as the Avalanche lost 2-1 to the Kings Tuesday night.

Pickard blocked 30 of 32 shots on goal for a save percentage of .938 with a GAA of 3.07 that was only slightly worse than his season average of 2.91. Pickard has now lost five of his last seven games. He has been north of the .900 mark in his last four, however, and needs a little more scoring at the other end of the ice to give him a shot at the win.
Feb 21 - 11:29 PM

Calvin Pickard will be in goal for Tuesday's game against Los Angeles.

It will be his third straight start after he posted a 1-0-1 record in his previous two appearances. Pickard has been a bit better lately, while surrendering six goals on 101 shots in his last three starts.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 21 - 11:34 AM

Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov will miss the remainder of the season because of a fractured ankle.

The season of misery just keeps on going for Colorado. Not only have they been horrible on the ice, but they can't seem to catch any breaks either. The injury occurred during Monday's practice after Zadorov got tangled up with Mikko Rantanen. Zadorov was averaging 19:02 of ice time per game. He had no goals, 10 assists and a minus-20 rating in 56 games.
Feb 20 - 7:22 PM

Erik Johnson (leg) took part in Monday's practice.

It was Johnson's first full practice since Dec. 6. He hasn't been given the green light to return to the lineup yet, but he might be back this week.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 3:54 PM

Nikita Zadorov sustained a leg injury during Monday's practice.

Zadorov needed help getting off the ice after he got tangled up with Mikko Rantanen and consequently lost his balance. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar reported that Zadorov will need to be evaluated, so we don't know how serious the injury is yet.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 3:52 PM

Mikko Rantanen scored a goal in Colorado's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Rantanen has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has 13 goals and 28 points in 52 contests this season.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 8:43 AM

Calvin Pickard stopped 37 of 40 shots, but the Avalanche fell 3-2 in overtime against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Pickard earned his team a point, closing the door enough to allow the Avs to tie the game in the final minute before the overtime loss. The 24-year-old falls to 10-18-2 with a 2.91 goals against average and .908 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 11:53 PM

Matt Duchene scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 Avalanche loss on Sunday.

Duchene helped the Avs earn a point on the evening, scoring a tying goal with 42 seconds remaining in the third period before Jonathan Drouin won it in overtime. Duchene now has 16 goals and 36 points this season in 52 games.
Feb 19 - 11:48 PM

Calvin Pickard will get the start Sunday night against the Lightning.

He is coming off a 2-1 OT win over the Hurricanes in which he stopped 28 shots. Pickard has started four out of the Avs' five games on the team's current road trip and there is no reason to believe that coach Jared Bednar won't ride him for the balance of the season.
Feb 19 - 11:27 AM

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the New York Islanders would love to add Matt Duchene to their lineup.

Staple wrote that the Islanders have been interested in Duchene since November. New York has a big need for a number two center behind John Tavares (most teams need a number two center) and while the price tag will be high, the Islanders may feel that it will be good for their future. The Avs want at least a top defenseman, a good young prospect and at least a first round pick. Duchene has 15 goals and 34 points this season in 51 games but look for those numbers to go up if dealt elsewhere.
Source: Newsday
Feb 19 - 8:01 AM

Tyson Barrie scored a goal in Friday night's 2-1 OT win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Barrie opened the scoring at the 13:48 mark of the first period. It was Barrie's first goal since Jan. 2. He's up to four goals and 24 points in 48 games in 2016-17. Of all the Avs defensemen, Barrie has the most fantasy upside.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 11:29 AM

Matt Duchene picked up the only assist on Mikko Rantenen's OT winning goal against Carolina on Friday.

Duchene made a nice play to steal the puck away from a Carolina player. The turnover resulted in a 2-on-1 opportunity for Colorado. Duchene was able to make a perfect pass to Rantanen who buried it to give the Avs the win and end their five-game losing streak in the process. With trade winds swirling around Duchene, the Avs forward has picked up just two assists in his last seven games. He has 15 goals and 34 points in 51 games.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 11:27 AM

Mikko Rantanen scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rantanen took the feed from Matt Duchene and buried the one-timer behind Cam Ward for his 12th goal of the season. Rantanen has been labeled 'untouchable' by the Avalanche because of his elite offensive potential, and we are beginning to see why. He has now picked up nine points in his last 11 games for the Avs. The 20-year-old has 12 goals and 27 points in 51 games this season.
Feb 17 - 10:58 PM


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