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Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hejda (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avalanche confirmed his availability following his participation in Wednesday's practice. Expect him to rejoin Erik Johnson on Colorado's top defensive pairing.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hejda (upper body) practiced with the team Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: There's no official word yet, but Hejda's presence at practice would suggest that he'll be available for Thursday's Game 1 matchup with the Wild. The blueliner recorded six goals and 11 assists in 78 regular season games this year.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duchene (knee) did not skate Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The report notes that Duchene is not expected to play in the first two games of the Avs' upcoming series against the Wild (which opens Thursday), at a minimum.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hejda (upper body) is day-to-day, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: More on Hejda's status Wednesday, but coach Patrick Roy noted Tuesday that he expects the blueliner to be ready for the team's series against the Wild, which opens on Thursday.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Patrick Roy said Mitchell is doing better and could still play at some point in the upcoming series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avs certainly hope to get Mitchell back at some point, as Matt Duchene is expected to miss the entire series. Keep an eye on his status in the coming days.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Malone scored a goal in Sunday's overtime loss to the Ducks.
Impact: It marked the first point in six games for Malone, whose scoring efforts are usually undermined by the fact that he averages less than 10 minutes of ice time. He'll remain in a fourth-line role with the Avs during the playoffs.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hejda suffered an upper body injury Sunday against the Ducks, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Head coach Patrick Roy said the team is hoping Hejda can play Thursday in Game 1 of their first round series against the Wild, but for now, his status is completely up in the air. The good news is Hejda has a couple days to rest up, so keep an eye out for an update as Thursday nears.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie (upper body) will return for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday.
Impact: Avs fans should be ecstatic at coach Patrick Roy's announcement, as Colorado's 38-point rearguard will return just two games after suffering an upper-body injury on a massive blindside hit by the Sharks' Jason Demers. Barrie has been a dynamic force from the back for the Avs all year long, and has garnered a significant amount of attention recently for his five game-winning goals, three of which came in overtime. Regardless of whether the Avs get swept in the first round or go all the way to drink from the silver chalice, be sure not to sleep on this kid in next year's drafts.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLeod (ankle) will return for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday.
Impact: McLeod -- who missed the final six games of the regular season after crashing into the boards on March 4 and injuring his left ankle -- will provide some much-needed forward depth for the Avs in their opening-round series against the Wild. Offensive blueliner Tyson Barrie (upper body) will also rejoin the lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere made his 19th start of the campaign in Sunday's season finale, turning aside 33 of 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Vezina candidate and Avs MVP Semyon Varlamov was originally slated to face the Ducks, but was swapped for Giguere after a Blues loss earlier in the day handed the Avs the Central Division crown. Although the game was meaningless in the standings, Jiggy's 33-save performance against his former team was a nice exclamation point on what was likely the last regular-season game of his illustrious 16-year career. The 36-year-old finishes the season with a 11-6-1 record to go along with a .913 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA. With 52 career playoff games under his belt, he'll provide some much-needed experience to Varlamov and the Avs as they embark on their hunt for Lord Stanley starting Thursday.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell is out indefinitely with a head injury, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Mitchell thus finishes the regular season with 32 points in 75 games, with his status for the first round of the NHL playoffs decidedly cloudy at this stage.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere is slated to start Sunday's game against the Ducks.
Impact: With the Avs locked into a first-round playoff matchup against the Wild, Giguere is now in line to start over Semyon Varlamov on Sunday night.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Barrie was hurt when he was hit high in the first period Friday by Jason Demers.
Impact: Barrie stayed in the game for the rest of the period but didn't play after that because of an upper-body injury.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: If the Ducks win Saturday night and the Blues lose Sunday afternoon, Varlamov may not start Sunday's regular-season finale, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Should those two outcomes occur, the Avs will be locked into a playoff spot and have nothing left to play for. In such a scenario, it would be quite wise to start either Reto Berra or Jean-Seabstien Giguere over Varlamov. If the Ducks lose or the Blues win, Varlamov will presumably get the nod, as reported earlier Saturday.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Wild, NHL.com reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the workhorse goaltender caught some rest Friday night, while Reto Berra and J-S Giguere combined to allow four goals on 29 shots. The Avs are still playing for a Central Division title, tied with St. Louis at 111 points with a game remaining for each team.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parenteau logged 18:26 of ice time and nearly scored a breakaway goal in his return from a knee injury Friday against the Sharks, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Parenteau previously hadn't played since March 10, but he didn't suffer any setbacks during Friday's game and should thus be fine for the playoffs. He also figures to suit up for Sunday's regular-season finale in Anaheim.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Elliott was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Saturday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Better late than never for Elliott, who will get his first NHL opportunity of the season after recording 14 goals and 14 assists in 61 games with Lake Erie. This is an ominous sign for Tyson Barrie's chances of playing through his upper-body injury Sunday.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere stopped 22 of 24 shots in relief of Reto Berra in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: After Giguere made what many believe to be his last regular-season appearance of his career Thursday, he was forced into action against the Sharks after Berra gave up two goals on five shots and was yanked by coach Patrick Roy. In a game doomed from the beginning, Giggy fared just fine in this one, which is comforting for the Avs in case they need to turn to the 2003 Conn Smythe winner if Semyon Varlamov stumbles in the postseason.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bordeleau was responsible for the Avs' lone goal in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center.
Impact: Bordeleau's second goal in four games gives him six to go along with four assists, 105 PIM, 169 hits, and 35 shots in his second NHL season. For what it's worth, those are all career highs for the tough guy from Montreal, who -- along with rookie sensation Nathan MacKinnon -- is one of just two Avs to have played in all 81 games this season. We'd really love to say that his double-digit point total is a sign of things to come -- especially combined with the fact that he scored 56 points as a 19-year old in the QMJHL in 2005-06 -- but his high of 12 points in a four-year AHL career tells the true story: Bordy is far more valuable to the Avs than to fantasy rosters.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra's second start with Colorado was almost as disastrous as the first, as he was pulled after allowing two goals on five shots in a 5-1 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: After allowing five goals on 27 shots to the Jets on March 19, many thought Berra couldn't fare any worse against the Sharks; they were wrong. With the Avs fighting for the Central Division title in the final weekend of the season, coach Patrick Roy decided he wanted to see Berra one last time this year as J.S. Giguere -- not Berra -- will be dressing as the backup to Semyon Varlamov for the playoffs. The move turned out to be a potentially costly one for Roy, as his third-string netminder now has an atrocious .781 save percentage and 5.83 GAA with the Avs and they now need to beat Anaheim on Sunday to guarantee the division crown.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie left with an upper-body injury in the second period of Friday's game against the Sharks, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Barrie was blindsided by a questionable hit in the first by the Sharks' Jason Demers. He actually returned to action after not starting the second, but would leave again permanently soon after. With the playoffs getting underway in less than a week, losing the dynamic blueliner for any amount of time would be a devastating blow to the Avs, who are already jockeying with St. Louis for the Central Division title without the services of stud Matt Duchene and John Mitchell - who is sitting out his first game with "headaches" and a possible concussion. The Avs close out their regular season on the road at Anaheim on Sunday; stay tuned for more information.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell will miss Friday's game against the Sharks with headaches and a possible concussion, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Even though Mitchell's absence will be offset by the return of P.A. Parenteau, who missed 15 games of his own with a knee injury, this is still troubling news for the Avs who are already set to embark on their playoff run next week without Matt Duchene. It's unclear at this point how long Mitchell will be sidelined, but hopefully it's not long term. More information should be made available in the next few days. Mitchell had just started to come into his own with points in four of his last five games.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov stopped 38 shots for Colorado in Thursday's 4-2 win at Vancouver.
Impact: Varlamov broke current coach Patrick Roy's team record for wins in a season with his 41st of the campaign. "The coach is very happy," Roy deadpanned.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Stastny scored twice in Thursday's 4-2 win at Vancouver.
Impact: Stastny has five goals and seven assists during Colorado's 8-0-1 stretch.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov is slated to start Thursday against the Canucks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With a win over the Canucks, Varlamov would set a franchise-record with 40 victories on the season, besting current coach Patrick Roy's previous mark. Roy is expected to rest Varlamov on Friday in favor of backup Reto Berra.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After violently crashing headfirst into the post and heading to the tunnel Thursday, MacKinnon came back to record his 39th assist of the season on Paul Stastny's third-period goal against the Canucks.
Impact: Yikes. Avs fans everywhere held their breath as their star rookie was tripped up by Alex Edler and went flying bucket-first into the iron. Thankfully, the speedy 18-year-old returned seemingly unscathed to record an assist and three shots on goal in 20:31 of ice time. After playing in all 80 games to date for Colorado, MacK now leads all rookies in goals (24), assists (39), points (63), power-play goals (eight), game-winning goals (five) and shots on goal (232). His plus-25 rating ranks third in first-year players as well. Can you say "Calder Trophy"?
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After undressing Vancouver's Alex Edler with a slick toe-drag on a two-on-one, Barrie whistled his 13th goal of the season past a helpless Jacob Markstrom in Thursday's 4-2 win.
Impact: By now, it's no secret that Barrie is having a tremendous season for the Avs. The British Columbian's 38 points put him in a three-way tie for 25th overall in scoring among blueliners, while his five game-winning goals trail only the Penguins' Matt Niskanen and the Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson among D-men. Barrie's impressive plus-18 rating also places him 16th overall at his position. Curiously enough, his average ice time is down almost three full minutes per game from last season (21:35 to 18:40), so maybe he's felt fresher with an extra spring in his step in 2013-14. Whatever the reason, hopefully you clued in early enough to reap the rewards of the former 64th-overall pick's breakout campaign.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stastny found the back of the net twice Thursday in a 4-2 win over Vancouver. It was his third two-goal game of the year.
Impact: The Avs' assistant captain has been on a roll since returning from a back injury, piling up 12 points in his last nine games. Stastny has heated up at just the right time, with his strong play helping the Avs emerge victorious in five of six games without Matt Duchene, their leading scorer. The fact that his 60 points -- his most since 2009-10 -- are only good for fifth on the team speaks volumes as to how far the Avs have come in just one season under coach Patrick Roy.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov was terrific again Thursday against the Canucks, turning aside 38 of 40 shots for his league-leading 41st win of the season. The win broke coach Patrick Roy's franchise record, set in 2000-01.
Impact: On top of breaking the Avs' single-season win record, Varlamov also led them to their 52nd win of the season, which ties their franchise record (also from 2000-01). The former Capital has allowed two goals or fewer in seven consecutive starts, and is a near-perfect 6-0-1 in that span. Thanks in large part to Varly's stellar play, the upstart Avs now share the Central Division lead with St. Louis with 111 points and could lock up home-ice advantage for the playoffs. Reto Berra is starting Friday, so depending on how the Central Division shakes out over the weekend, Varlamov could be in line for one final regular-season start Sunday against the Ducks. If coach Patrick Roy decides to rest him, however, he'll end the season with an impeccable 2.41 GAA and .927 save percentage -- by far his best numbers since becoming a regular NHL starter.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After missing 15 games with a knee injury, Parenteau is expected to be ready to go for Friday's road tilt with the Sharks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. He'll sit out Thursday vs. the Canucks after an exhaustive skate at Wednesday's practice.
Impact: This is great news for the Avs, who have been closing in on the Central Division title without Parenteau and their top scorer, Matt Duchene. The winger -- who has 33 points in an injury-shortened 53-game campaign this season -- will presumably suit up for the Avs' two remaining games, allowing him to get any rust off before the postseason begins. Parenteau was starting to heat up with eight points in 12 games before he went down on March 10, so those in daily formats looking for a last-minute scoring boost should give him some serious consideration.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: O'Reilly tallied two assists in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: O'Reilly has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak after recording one point in his previous five contests.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon was credited with two assists in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: MacKinnon's 38 assists are the most by an Avalanche rookie since Paul Stastny recorded 50 in 2006-07.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Stastny scored his 23rd goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: Stastny has seven goals and 11 assists over his last 17 games.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: McGinn scored his 19th goal of the season in Tuesday's win at Edmonton.
Impact: McGinn has four goals and seven assists over his last 14 contests.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra is slated to start Friday's road game against San Jose, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With the Avs currently juggling three goalies, Berra is scheduled to make just his second start since coming over from Calgary at the trade deadline 17 games ago. He was lit up for five goals on 27 shots by the Jets on March 19, but will be counted on to bounce back strong by the Avs who find themselves gunning for the Central Division title in the final week of the season. Colorado's starter for Sunday's regular season finale in Anaheim is still yet to be determined by coach Patrick Roy, so Berra could garner some consideration if plays well against the Sharks - especially if the Avs are able to lock up a desirable playoff seed by then.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: O'Reilly's two assists -- including one on the power play -- in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton pushed his point streak to four games.
Impact: He's got two goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in that span, which has to have the Avs feeling good about O'Reilly's level of play heading into the postseason.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon picked up two assists and went plus-2 during Tuesday's win in Edmonton.
Impact: Last year's top pick is hot, with seven points and a plus-5 rating in his last six games. He's now got 62 points and a plus-24 rating in what's been a terrific rookie campaign, and his long-term upside is sky-high.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson contributed a goal and a power-play assist in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton.
Impact: He now has 38 points on the year, just one off his career high, set back in his 2009-10 sophomore campaign with St. Louis. This has easily been Johnson's best season since coming over to Colorado, and the Avs have to hope he can carry it over into the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere stopped 22 of 23 during Tuesday's victory in Edmonton -- his first appearance since March 18.
Impact: After almost three weeks out of the lineup, Giguere certainly didn't show much rust against the Oilers. It's hard to say whether he'll see another start before the playoffs, but after this fine outing, it seems like it's become more likely.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLeod (ankle) is likely out for the rest of the regular season, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: McLeod was not able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate, an indication he hasn't made much progress from the ankle injury he sustained last week. He's not much of a fantasy consideration outside of leagues that count hits and penalty minutes.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parenteau (knee) is closing in on a return, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: It's unclear if Parenteau is going to appear before the regular season ends, but it looks like he should be available for the entire postseason, barring a late setback. He's been out since March 10 with the knee injury.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: O'Reilly scored for the second straight game and 28th time this season in Sunday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: O'Reilly could be picking it up again after totaling two goals in the 14 games prior to these last two contests.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: O'Reilly provided a point in his third straight game Sunday in a shootout loss to the Penguins.
Impact: His six shots on goal tied a season high, while his 26:10 of ice time was also his top mark of the campaign. The Avalanche will be leaning on O'Reilly heavily to supply offense with Matt Duchene set to miss the next three weeks.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sarich (back) missed his third straight game Sunday.
Impact: The journeyman blueliner has pocketed 10 points in 54 games this season and is primarily counted on for his defense. The Avs are likely to give Sarich extra rest so he's healthy enough to bring his 57 games of playoff experience into the postseason, so it's possible he'll sit for the Avs' remaining four games -- all of which are on the road. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov made 30 saves on 32 shots, but took the loss in a shootout Sunday against the Penguins.
Impact: This is Varlamov's first loss in six games, and he still hasn't allowed more than two goals in a game during that span.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Stastny had another big game in his hometown in a penalty-filled 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Impact: Stastny had a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to six. He has two goals and seven assists during that run.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for wins held by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy with a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Impact: Varlamov made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and NHL-leading 40th win, matching Roy's total in 2000-01. The Avalanche reached 50 wins for the second time in franchise history and tied the franchise mark with 24 road victories.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will be in the net Sunday against the Penguins, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avalanche played an afternoon game Saturday against the Blues, so Varlamov will get a few extra hours of rest as he starts the second game of a back-to-back. He's been spectacular of late with six straight wins and should be used without much reservation Sunday, even against a top-flight team like the Penguins. Varlamov owners in leagues with weekly lineups should keep in mind, however, that coach Patrick Roy plans to use J.S. Giguere and Reto Berra for a start apiece next week, allowing Varlamov to rest up a bit for the postseason.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blues.
Impact: MacKinnon saw a modest 15:37 of ice time in this one, but it certainly didn't hinder his effectiveness. The rookie has amassed 24 goals and 36 assists in 77 games this season.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stastny potted a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blues.
Impact: The St. Louis native dominated his hometown team throughout the afternoon, scoring his 22nd goal on a power play in the second period and assisting on the team's final two goals of the night. The 28-year-old has contributed at least one point in six consecutive games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov stopped all 31 shots he faced Saturday to shutout the Blues.
Impact: You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotter goalie at the moment than Varlamov, who has won six straight contests at a critical time in the season for the Avalanche. In earning his 40th win of the season, Varlamov tied the franchise record previously held by current Avs coach Patrick Roy.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLeod (ankle) is out for Saturday's game against the Blues, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: McLeod isn't thought to be dealing with a serious injury, but he'll miss at least the one game, after hurting his ankle during Thursday's contest.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sarich will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Blues, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Sarich has been a healthy scratch at times this season, and with Ryan Wilson expected to work as a forward Saturday, Andre Benoit will likely be on the third defensive pairing.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After missing the previous 17 games as a healthy scratch, Wilson will return to the lineup as a forward Saturday against St. Louis, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With regular checking-line forward Cody McLeod day-to-day with an ankle injury, Wilson will see limited action on the fourth line against the Blues. Once thought to be one of the Avs' most promising defensemen, Wilson has been limited to just 34 games over the past two seasons due to a combination of injury and healthy scratch. His fantasy value is at an extremely low ebb, and he should not be counted on in most standard formats.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: McLeod has a sprained ankle.
Impact: It's uncertain when he will return.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said after Thursday's game that McLeod is dealing with an ankle injury and may only be day-to-day, reports the Denver Post's Adrian Dater.
Impact: Roy apparently couldn't commit to the day-to-day status, but he did specify that the injury is to McLeod's left ankle. Already without Matt Duchene (knee) and P.A. Parenteau (knee), the Avs can ill afford to lose another forward, even one like McLeod, who has just 13 points in 70 games. If McLeod isn't ready for Saturday's game against the Blues, Colorado will likely need to recall another forward.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie scored the game-tying goal with 52 seconds remaining Thursday against the Rangers, then beat Henrik Lundqvist on a gorgeous move for the only goal of the shootout.
Impact: Barrie seems to have a knack for scoring points at big moments, and with 34 of them in 59 games this year, the 22-year-old's future is very bright.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov stopped 29 of 31 and all three shootout attempts in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: That's five straight wins for Varlamov, and he's had to work hard for them -- four of those games have gone to overtime, and he faced a whopping 49 shots in the fifth.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLeod left Thursday's game with an apparent left leg injury, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: McLeod reportedly crashed into the boards and wasn't able to skate on his left leg afterward. He was removed from the game and seems unlikely to return.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berra is scheduled to start next Friday's game against the Sharks, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Coach Patrick Roy said Thursday that he intends to rest Semyon Varlamov next week, and will give Berra and fellow backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere at least one final start each prior to the start of the playoffs. With Giguere expected to retire at the end of this season, Berra is poised to become the Avs' full-time backup netminder behind Varlamov beginning next season.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere is scheduled to start next Tuesday's game against the Oilers, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avs plan to rest No. 1 starter Semyon Varlamov next week prior to the start of the playoffs, meaning Giguere and fellow backup Reto Berro will each make at least one final start down the stretch. In what is thought to be his final season in the NHL, Giggy has a 10-6-0 record in 17 starts, posting a respectable 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will likely be rested next week prior to the start of the playoffs, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov is slated to start the Avs' next three games, beginning with Thursday's home game against the Rangers. However, coach Patrick Roy said Thursday that backups Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Reto Berra will each get one start next week, leaving two possible starts for Varlamov to finish up the schedule. This is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about; Roy is just making sure his No. 1 starter gets sufficient rest prior to the postseason. Varlamov has been one of the hottest goalies in the NHL this year, leading the league in wins with 38 heading into Thursday night's matchup with the Blueshirts.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov made 24 saves in Tuesday's win at Columbus.
Impact: Varlamov has won four straight starts.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon had two assists in Tuesday's win at Columbus.
Impact: The teenage rookie sensation is up to 58 points.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Landeskog scored twice in Tuesday's win at Columbus.
Impact: Landeskog has seven points in a four-game run.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite spotting a 2-0 lead to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Varlamov picked up his NHL-best 38th win of the season as the Avs rallied for a 3-2 overtime win at Nationwide Arena. He made 24 saves en route to his fourth win in a row.
Impact: No Matt Duchene, no problem. With Tuesday's win, Varlamov and the boys from Denver improved to 4-0 this season without their best player, who missed his first game in four months with a knee injury. Varlamov's 38th victory maintains his spot atop the NHL wins perch just ahead of Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop and the Sharks' Antti Niemi, and should help him garner further consideration for the Vezina Trophy. All in all, the Russian backstopper now boasts a 38-14-5 record with an equally impressive 2.48 GAA and .925 save percentage. We still need to caution, however, that Varly has already appeared in six more games than his previous career high (plus the Olympics), so those gunning for a championship should be cognizant of the possibility that fatigue could throw him off at some point. He's still an elite option between the pipes, but owners with a capable No. 2 will want to pay extra attention to their matchups.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landeskog scored twice in less than 10 minutes Tuesday -- including the game-winner in OT -- as the Avs erased a two-goal deficit to beat Columbus, 3-2.
Impact: Playing their first game without leading-scorer Matt Duchene, the Avs found themselves in a 2-0 hole until the midway mark of the third, when Brad Malone finally got them on the board. From there on out, it was the Landeskog Show, as he put on an exemplary display of a captain carrying his team by tying the game late in the third then completing the Avs comeback in overtime with his 26th of the season. The 21-year-old Swede has gone off for six goals and eight points in his last six games, and appears to be elevating his game at just the right time for Colorado - who will be without Duchene and P.A. Parenteau for the rest of the regular season. Look for Landy to continue to shine extra bright in their absences.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov made 47 saves in Saturday's 3-2 win over San Jose.
Impact: The Avalanche No. 1 goaltender is 4-1-0 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since March 16.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Mitchell had a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over San Jose.
Impact: The Colorado center has seven points in his last six games, this one being his first back from a four-game injury layoff.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The Colorado Avalanche will be without leading scorer Duchene for about four weeks after he hurt his left knee over the weekend.
Impact: The loss of Duchene is a blow for the Avalanche, who just clinched their first postseason spot since 2010. He likely will miss the first round of the postseason.