Player News - Avalanche

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Patrick Roy hasn't liked his team's effort since the All-Star break.

The Avs have played three games since returning from the break and they've dropped all three. "Since the All-Star break, we haven't played a good game," Roy said. He added, "I could come with 1,500 excuses, but we're not playing well enough right now. We don't deserve to win those hockey games. . . We're making too many mistakes right now, a lot of giveaways."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 7 - 11:13 AM

Matt Duchene tickled the twine in the Avalanche’s 4-2 loss to the Jets on Saturday night.

Duchene also had four shots on goal in 20:29. After a down 2014-15 season, Duchene has bounced back in a nice way with 24 goals and 43 points. Though it’s worth pointing out he’s converting at a high clip (over 15%). Mikhail Grigorenko got the other goal.
Feb 7 - 1:11 AM

Semyon Varlamov yielded four goals on 39 shots the Avalanche’s 4-2 loss against the Jets on Saturday night.

Varlamov gave up one in the first, two in the second and one more in the third period. He had stopped at least 97% of the shots against him in four consecutive wins prior to this game. He has a 2.63 GAA and .917 SV%.
Feb 7 - 1:10 AM

Zach Redmond and Nate Guenin will both be scratched from Saturday's match with Winnipeg.

Through 28 games this season, Redmond has accumulated four points, 24 blocks, and 29 hits while averaging 12:11 of ice time per night. By far the least of his career. It would seem that Coach Patrick Roy doesn't trust him.
Feb 6 - 9:13 PM

Jack Skille will miss Saturday's tilt with Winnipeg due to a concussion.

Skille suffered the trauma during the third period of Thursday's match with Dallas. We'll keep you posted on his status. Chris Wagner will tag in and center the team's fourth line.
Feb 6 - 9:11 PM

Chris Wagner will fill in for Jack Skille as the Avalanche take on the Jets on Saturday night.

Skille suffered a concussion during the third period of Thursday's tilt with Dallas. Through 20 games with Colorado, Wagner has produced four goals and 31 hits. He'll center Andreas Martinsen and Cody McLeod on the team's fourth line.
Feb 6 - 9:09 PM

Look for Mikhail Grigorenko to play with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon on Saturday night.

Looks like coach Patrick Roy will be looking to jumpstart the inconsistent Grigorenko by playing him with his leading scorers. Grigorenko has a tremendous amount of offensive upside but just hasn't been able to put it together at the NHL level. Keep your eye on Grigorenko.
Feb 6 - 1:29 PM

John Mitchell is projected to play between veteran wingers Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay on Saturday night.

"I've had good chemistry over a couple of years with Mitchy," Iginla said. "Tangs, I'm always excited to play with him. We both know what we're going to do instinctively because we've played together so much. But now we know we need to be better." Mitchell hasn't scored since Dec. 21 and he has one assist in his last 13 contests.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 6 - 11:20 AM

Semyon Varlamov will play between the pipes on Saturday.

Varlamov missed some time to deal with a legal issue and has consequently not played for Colorado since Jan. 23. He has a 2.59 GAA and .918 save percentage in 35 contests this season.
Feb 5 - 4:29 PM

Coach Patrick Roy likes the progress that Chris Bigras is making.

"You can tell he needs more experience, especially on the physical side of the game. But I'm very happy with his performance," Roy said. "We agreed as coaches that the more he plays, the more confident he is, and the more confident he is, the better he is playing. He's starting to get more in the rush. He's starting to taking more chances offensively, for example, standing up at the blue line. Earlier he would back up way before, but now he seems to read those plays better and better." He suited up in his 10th game with the Avalanche on Thursday night. Bigras has one assist, five shots and a plus-2 rating since making his NHL debut on Jan. 14.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 5 - 9:33 AM

Nathan MacKinnon contributed an assist in his 200th NHL game on Thursday night.

He had a helper on goal by Nick Holden in Colorado's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas. MacKinnon has 143 points in his brief career, including 42 in 54 matches in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 5 - 9:19 AM

With his goal and assist Thursday night, Blake Comeau is now the proud owner of a tidy three game point streak.

Unfortunately the Avalanche still fell to the Stars 4-3 in overtime, but that's not Comeau's fault. The veteran winger posted a minor, a block, plus three hits and shots to go along with the extension of his streak. He now has seven goals and 24 points this season.
Feb 5 - 12:26 AM

Carl Soderberg picked up his second two-point game in his last three during Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas.

Soderberg scored a goal and added an assist, bringing his totals to 11 goals and 38 points on the year. He also now has five points over his last four games.
Feb 5 - 12:19 AM

Nick Holden ended his 19-game goal drought during Thursday's 4-3 loss to Dallas.

Holden hadn't scored since early December, but now has four goals and 19 points on the year. He also added four hits and a block, just for good measure.
Feb 5 - 12:17 AM

Erik Johnson picked up a pair of helpers during Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas.

Johnson had another excellent game registering the two assists along with a pair of shots and hits, plus six blocks during his 25:24 of work. He's now up to 13 assists and 20 points in 45 games thus far.
Feb 5 - 12:14 AM


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