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Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hishon will make his NHL debut in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The former first-round pick will skate as the fourth-line center, while also seeing some time on the power play. Hishon has been a little slow to develop for the Avalanche, but his insertion into action during the playoffs speaks to how highly the organization regards him.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon joins Tampa Bay lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
Impact: MacKinnon, selected first overall in the draft by Colorado, led all NHL rookies in scoring with 63 points.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duchene (knee) could return before the end of the first round, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The center skated hard Tuesday, and while he's not expected to be back for Game 4 on Thursday, there's still a chance Duchene could return before the series is over. He racked up 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games during the regular season, and would provide a much needed boost to the struggling Colorado power play that has gone just 1-11 through the first three games of the playoffs.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hishon was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Tuesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avs' first-round draft pick back in 2010, Hishon has seen his career stall out due to a litany of injuries, but coach Patrick Roy said he may be a lineup consideration for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Wild. It seems rather unlikely that Roy would entrust a young player like Hishon to make his NHL debut in the midst of an intense playoff series, but if the center looks impressive in Tuesday's practice, Roy could take a chance on him.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Barrie will miss the rest of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota and more. Barrie had 13 goals and 25 assists in the regular season.
Impact: Coach Patrick Roy said after the Wild's 1-0 overtime win Monday that Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee and will need four to six weeks to recover. Barrie was hurt in the second period when Wild left wing Matt Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit on the open ice. Roy said the play warranted more punishment than Cooke's two-minute minor penalty.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie will be out for four-to-six weeks due to a sprained MCL, Altitude TV's Marc Moser reports.
Impact: Minnesota's Matt Cooke, who isn't exactly known for clean play, caught Barrie with a knee-to-knee hit that looked rather intentional. The Avs will likely be without their up-and-coming blueliner for the rest of the playoffs, but Barrie would perhaps stand a chance to return should his team make a deep run.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov made 45 saves on 46 shots, but took an overtime loss against the Wild in Monday's Game 3.
Impact: Varlamov played great, but Colorado got blanked. However, the Avalanche are still up in this series, and seem likely to eventually move on to the next round.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie left Monday's Game 3 against the Wild after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota's Matt Cooke, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Barrie appears doubtful to return.
Impact: Cooke received a two-minute penalty for the hit, but it wouldn't be a surprised if he receives some sort of suspension for what appeared to be a dirty play. Barrie's availability for the rest of the series would seem to be in jeopardy as well, but we probably won't know the full extent of his injury until after Game 3. The second-year defender had two points and a plus-3 rating in the series prior to suffering the injury.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) traveled with the Avs to St. Paul for Games 3 and 4 against the Wild, but will not play Monday, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: He still hasn't skated since suffering what is believed to be a concussion April 11 against the Sharks. Coach Patrick Roy added that Mitchell is feeling better and will resume exercising shortly, which is a step in the right direction when it comes to concussions. With the Avs firing on all cylinders in the first two games of the series despite missing both Mitchell and superstar Matt Duchene, there's no immediate need for him to return. When he does, however, he'll likely be back in a third- or fourth-line depth role, as the Avs' top-six forward machine -- led by the line of Paul Stastny, Gabe Landeskog and Nate MacKinnon that combined for 10 points in Game 2 -- is looking like a juggernaut in the early going of the postseason.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duchene (knee) will join the Avalanche for the two-game road swing in Minnesota, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Duchene will resume skating Monday, but it's still looking unlikely that he'll be available for Round 1. However, with the Avalanche already owning a commanding 2-0 lead, the series could end up going as few as four games, affording ample time for Duchene to rest up before Round 2 commences.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stastny capped another explosive night with a power-play goal into an empty net as the Avalanche beat Minnesota on Saturday, 4-2. He had already registered three assists before putting the game away with the late tally.
Impact: His torrid scoring pace won't last -- his three playoff goals in two games have come on just four shots, an obviously unsustainable pace -- but the lineup decision is easy when he keeps posting crooked numbers.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon scored Colorado's first goal and then added three assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over Minnesota, giving the Avalanche a 2-0 series lead.
Impact: The Wild have thus far found no solution for the gifted teenager, who is tied for the playoff scoring lead with seven points already. If you drew him in a playoff pool, run with him.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landeskog scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 Avalanche win in Game 2 of Colorado's first-round series with Minnesota on Saturday.
Impact: He ended the regular season with a seven-game goal-scoring drought, but has found nylon in each of the two playoff games. After closing the regular season on a rush, the Avs look like they can go deep into the playoffs this year, making their key players like Landeskog particularly valuable in playoff pools.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Coach Patrick Roy says he doesn't expect Duchene to play in the first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.
Impact: Roy said before Game 2 on Saturday that he would be "very, very surprised" if Duchene returns against the Wild, especially since Duchene hasn't even started skating.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: According to coach Patrick Roy, it is "very unlikely" that Duchene (knee) will play in Round 1, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avs have played just one playoff game thus far, so even if their opening-round series goes a full seven games with the Wild, Roy's comment eludes to Dutchy potentially missing the next six games (or more). Colorado is fairly loaded with young scoring weapons up front -- with Paul Stastny, Nate MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly more than capable of shouldering the load with Duchene out -- but the team obviously wants their leading scorer back in the lineup sooner than later. If they can manage three more wins against Minnesota, advance to the second round and get him back, St. Louis or Chicago is certain to have their hands full with the Central Division champs. Jamie McGinn will continue to get top-six time in Duchene's absence.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon had three assists in his postseason debut, a 5-4 overtime win against Minnesota on Thursday.
Impact: The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013 and Calder Trophy contender led all rookies with 63 points. He scored 24 goals.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Impact: Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation. He also had an assist. Stastny had three goals and five assists in his 15 previous postseason games.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Wild, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Mitchell continues to recover from a head injury, which kept him out of the final two regular season games, in addition to Thursday's Game 1. The team is listing him as day-to-day, and it's unknown at this time when, exactly, he could make his return.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov wasn't at his best Thursday, but his 29 saves were enough as the Avs overcame a 4-2 deficit to beat Minnesota in overtime, 5-4.
Impact: As was the case many times this season, Colorado's offense staged a late-game comeback to steal a win for Varly. The Avs typically give up a ton of shots -- 32.7 per game this season to be exact, trailing only the lowly Oilers in the Western Conference -- so they'll likely need to ride their Vezina-worthy netminder extra hard in the postseason. Expect a lower-scoring affair when the series resumes Saturday at Pepsi Center.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie dished out two assists in Thursday's Game 1 overtime win against Minnesota -- his first NHL playoff game.
Impact: They were big assists, too -- though both of the secondary variety, one came on Ryan O'Reilly's game-tying second-period goal, the other on Paul Stastny's overtime winner.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stastny scored two goals -- including the game-tying goal with 14 seconds remaining and the overtime winner -- and added an assist in Thursday's Game 1 triumph over the Wild.
Impact: A huge game for Stastny, who seemed to enjoy his return to postseason play after missing the playoffs each of the last three seasons. With two goals that clutch on his resume already, it looks like playoff poolies will be glad to have him this year.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon, playing in his first career NHL playoff game Thursday, dished out three assists and went plus-3 in a 5-4 overtime win over the Wild.
Impact: After notching two regulation helpers, MacKinnon picked up the primary assist on Paul Stastny's overtime winner. Last year's No. 1 overall pick appears primed to pay off fantasy owners in playoff pools, particularly because the Avs should have the edge in this series.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Playing in his first-ever playoff game Thursday, Landeskog scored the opening goal of a 5-4 overtime win over the Wild.
Impact: Landeskog's coming off a huge regular season -- 65 points and a plus-21 rating in 81 games -- and seems primed to perform now that it's playoff time. He recorded 33 points in 27 total playoff games back in his OHL days.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Mitchell missed Monday's Game 3 against Minnesota.
Impact: Mitchell, suffering from a head injury, also missed the first two games of the series and sat out the last two games of the regular season.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Sarich missed Game 3 of Colorado's playoff series against Minnesota on Monday night.
Impact: Sarich is sidelined with an aching back, but coach Patrick Roy said he's "feeling better." Sarich hasn't played since April 1.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell (head) will not play in Game 1 of the Avs' first-round series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Mitchell had reportedly shown signs of improvement in recent days after sustaining a possible concussion last Friday, but he'll be bound for the press box in the Avs' playoff opener. There's still hope he can return to the lineup at some point during the series.
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.
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.
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.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: McLeod has a sprained ankle.
Impact: It's uncertain when he will return.