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Nathan MacKinnon was benched for part of the second period in Saturday's game.

"I wasn’t playing that good and just needed to sit down for a bit and regroup," said MacKinnon. He feels he bounced back in the second half of the contest. He also talked with Avalanche coach Jared Bednar prior to Sunday's practice so that they could clear the air. As long as MacKinnon getting benched doesn't become a regular occurrence, this isn't really that big of a deal.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 16 - 11:29 AM

Matt Nieto picked up his first point with Colorado during Saturday's 3-2 loss to Nashville.

Three games, one helper. Not quite the rate the Avalanche would like but it's a start. He now has 71 points in 224 career games.
Jan 14 - 6:09 PM

Gabriel Landeskog picked up his eight goal of the season during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Predators.

Colorado's Captain now has 14 points in 31 games this season, and is tracking well to finish with respectable numbers all things considered.
Jan 14 - 6:08 PM

Francois Beauchemin scored his first goal of the season during Saturday's 3-2 win loss to Nashville.

The veteran defender now has nine points in 40 games this season. He also picked up a hit and two blocks in the effort.
Jan 14 - 6:07 PM

Semyon Varlamov dropped another game, 3-2 to Nashville on Saturday.

Mark it four losses in a row now with 13 goals against in that span. Today he turned away 26 of 29 shots and even had a 2-0 lead early in the game. And so it goes for Colorado.
Jan 14 - 6:05 PM

John Mitchell and Patrick Wiercioch will be scratched against the Predators on Saturday.

Mitchell has posted 20 PIMs with 27 blocks and 40 hits in 34 games this season. Meanwhile Wiercioch has picked up nine points iwth 31 hits and 38 blocks in 36 games thus far.
Jan 14 - 3:01 PM

Semyon Varlamov will play between the pipes on Saturday.

Varlamov made his return from a groin injury on Thursday and turned aside 28 of 31 shots. He has a 3.32 GAA and .901 save percentage in 21 games this season.
Jan 13 - 4:19 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Felix Girard from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Cody McLeod.

Colorado is also retaining 40% of McLeod's $1,333,333 annual cap hit through 2017-18. Girard, 22, has eight points and 29 penalty minutes in 35 AHL contests this season. He hasn't made his NHL debut.
Jan 13 - 11:56 AM

Blake Comeau skated in his 600th career game Thursday night.

Unfortunately, he finished with no points and a minus-2 rating in a 4-1 loss to Anaheim. Comeau has posted one goal in the last 13 games. He has eight points in 36 contests.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 13 - 9:47 AM

Matt Duchene logged just 16:39 of ice time on Thursday in a 4-1 loss to Anaheim.

He has averaged 18:16 of ice time per game this season, but he has been struggling mightily lately. Duchene has gone five straight games without a point and has one goal in the last 12 matches.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 13 - 9:43 AM

Francois Beauchemin was back in the lineup on Thursday.

He miss last Friday's game because of an illness. Beauchemin had a minus-1 rating and one shot in his return to the fold versus Anaheim. The veteran defender has eight assists in 39 games this campaign.
Jan 13 - 1:54 AM

Nathan MacKinnon scored the lone goal for the Avalanche in a 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday.

The goal was an unassisted marker on a breakaway that tied the game at the time in the first period. It was MacKinnon's 11th goal of the season. He also added six shots on net with over 21 minutes of ice time. Colorado's lone representative for the 2017 All-Star Game has a disappointing 28 points in 40 games thus far.
Jan 13 - 1:08 AM

Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals on 31 shots to the Ducks in his return to action on Thursday.

It was his first start since December 22nd and was a tough match-up against Anaheim with his team struggling so much in front of him. He hasn't recorded a win since a 51 save effort against Toronto on Dec.11. He's not a must start in any match-up this season with just six wins and a 3.32 GAA to go with a .901 save percentage in 21 starts.
Jan 13 - 1:08 AM

John Mitchell, Joe Colborne and Eric Gelinas will be scratched against the Ducks on Thursday.

Mitchell has posted 20 PIMs with 27 blocks and 40 hits in 34 games this season. Colborne has those same four points with 42 hits in 31 games. Gelinas meanwhile has 12 PIMs and blocks along with 18 hits in 18 games.
Jan 12 - 8:47 PM

Erik Johnson's (broken fibula) original 6-8 week timetable has been extended to 8-10 weeks.

That translates to Johnson likely returning in February. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar is hoping that Johnson will start skating in about two weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 12 - 4:31 PM


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