Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Giguere finished with 35 saves to help Colorado pull out a 3-2 win at Detroit on Thursday.
Impact: Giguere is 3-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average over his last four starts.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: MacKinnon almost apologized for breaking one of Wayne Gretzky's records Thursday in Detroit. With his assist on Andre Benoit's winning goal in overtime, MacKinnon now has a point in 13 straight games, the most by an 18-year-old NHL player. That surpassed Gretzky's mark of 12 in 1979-80.
Impact: Extending it another game will match the longest point streak in the NHL this season. Chicago's Patrick Kane and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf each had 14-game streaks.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov will start Saturday's game against the Blues, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov is having a fine year and has played well recently, but the Avalanche have struggled against the Blues this season, getting outscored 11-4 in a pair of losses.
Andre Benoit - #61 - Defense - 5'11" - 191lbs
News: Benoit tallied the overtime winner with 32 seconds left Thursday as the Avs grounded the Red Wings 3-2.
Impact: Benoit has found twine twice in the last four games, doubling his goal total from two to four on the year. Chalk this up to little more than an anomaly due to the fact that Avs blueliners are hitting the scoresheet at an unsustainable pace - 17 points in the last five games, to be exact. Coupled with the elevated play of Erik Johnson and the emergence of Tyson Barrie, Benoit will have little chance of moving up the Avs depth chart, limiting his power-play time and subsequent scoring chances.
News: Johnson dished out two assists and went plus-3 Thursday in an overtime win against the Red Wings.
Impact: All of a sudden, Johnson is living up to his pedigree. He's got six points in his last three games and is plus-5 in that span to boot, all while playing a physical game (seven hits) and a defensively responsible one (six blocks).
News: O'Reilly picked up two assists and went plus-3 during Thursday's overtime win in Detroit, pushing his point streak to five games and nine points.
Impact: Those five games coincide with the post-Olympic resumption of play, as O'Reilly -- who went into the break on a down note -- has come out flying. He's now reached 50 points for the second time in his career and is easily on pace to eclipse his career high of 55, set in 2011-12.
News: Duchene opened the scoring for Colorado and later assisted on another Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win against the Wings.
Impact: After a couple of below-average years, the dynamic winger became the fourth Av to join the 20-goal club this season, his third time in five NHL campaigns. He was the benefactor of a famous Joe Louis Arena end-board bounce just after the game`s halfway mark, making no mistake when the puck ricocheted directly to his stick after Erik Johnson shot wide. Also, seemingly lost in all the hoopla of teammate Nathan MacKinnon`s 13-game rookie point streak is the fact that Dutchy is on a six-game streak of his own, a season high. With 19 games remaining, Duchene is just two assists, seven goals and nine points shy of clearing his career highs. We don`t anticipate he`ll have much difficulty doing that -- as long as he stays healthy, of course.
News: MacKinnon extended his point streak to 13 games in dramatic fashion Thursday, setting up the game-winner with just 32 seconds left in overtime as the Avs upended Detroit 3-2.
Impact: With his last-minute assist, the "Other Kid from Cole Harbour" broke Wayne Gretzky`s record for the longest consecutive point streak by an 18-year-old set in 1979-1980. MacK broke the streak in style, dishing a tape-to-tape pass from behind the goal line to the slot that defenseman Andre Benoit rocketed past a helpless Jimmy Howard. Throughout the streak, he has racked up five goals and 13 assists, giving him 51 points in 63 games. Almost as impressive are the teenager`s 184 shots - good for 27th in the NHL - and plus-16 rating on a team that ranked third worst in that category last season. Even if MacKinnon`s magic streak comes to an end before he breaks teammate Paul Stastny`s all-time rookie record of 20 set in 2006-2007, he has more than proven himself. He belongs in both the NHL and your lineup - enjoy.
News: Giguere made 35 saves -- his most since Oct. 10 -- en route to Thursday`s 3-2 overtime upending of the Red Wings.
Impact: Jiggy weathered a steady barrage of shots during a tough road game at Joe Louis Arena, keeping the Avs in it just long enough for Andre Benoit to deposit the OT winner. He had been a dismal 2-5 in his last seven starts, but showed vintage flashes of the skills that brought him the Conn Smythe Trophy more than a decade ago. The Avs acquired netminder Reto Berra as insurance in case Giguere`s back spasms flare up, so if you`re running an Avs platoon in net, make sure you have the right backup behind starter Semyon Varlamov.
News: Giguere has been confirmed as the starter for Thursday's game vs. the Red Wings, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Coach Patrick Roy relayed after Thursday's morning skate that the acquisition of Reto Berra was primarily as insurance for Giguere, who has battled back spasms on a few occasions this season. With Semyon Varlamov slated to receive about 75 percent of the team's starts the rest of the way, Giguere and Berra may only be afforded a couple of nods apiece as the Avs jockey for playoff positioning.
News: Giguere was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start Thursday against the Red Wings, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
Impact: If Giguere indeed gets the Thursday start, it could be his last for a long while, as the Avs acquired goalie Reto Berra from the Flames on Wednesday. It's believed that the Avalanche will carry three goalies for the rest of the season, and with Semyon Varlamov already assuming the bulk of the duties in the net, there will now be two goalies fighting for the scraps left over.
News: Parenteau was not traded by Wednesday's trade deadline and will stay with the Avalanche.
Impact: It looks like Parenteau's six points in the last nine games after riding pine as a healthy scratch were enough to keep him in the Burgundy and Blue. He is eating up monster power-play minutes on the point -- 32:58 total in those same nine games -- and is firmly entrenched on the Avs' "second" line with Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny. If you don't yet have a piece of the Avalanche pie, Parenteau might just be on the menu due to some stigma surrounding his early-season struggles. If so, go place an order.
News: Although a contract extension has not yet been reached, Stastny was not dealt by Wednesday's trade deadline and will remain with the Avalanche. Stastny also went on record saying he would "absolutely" give the Avs a hometown discount on a new contract, according to The Denver Post.
Impact: Avs fans and Stastny owners can exhale. It was widely believed that Colorado would be forced to move their veteran center at the trade deadline if they couldn't ink an extension to his expiring contract. The Avs' brass feel they have something special with their group, who earned their 40th win of the season Tuesday in Chicago, and for chemistry's sake chose to not move a single roster player at the deadline. They also understand the risk of giving away Stastny for free if he chooses to test free agency next summer, but for now will cross their fingers with hopes he will re-up before then. In the mean time, they'll set their sights on Lord Stanley and Stastny will add to his 47-point total along the way.
News: Colorado's Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves in Colorado's 4-2 victory over Chicago on Tuesday.
Impact: The goalie has now won three straight games for the Avalanche.
News: Nathan MacKinnon got an assist on Paul Stastny's third-period goal, extending his point streak to 12 games.
Impact: The assist gives the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft 12 consecutive games with a point, tying Wayne Gretzky's record for an 18-year-old set in 1979-80.
News: The Colorado Avalanche didn't tinker too much with their roster at the trade deadline, making only a minor move to acquire goaltender Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. In exchange for the 27-year-old Berra, Colorado surrendered a 2014 second-round pick to Calgary.
Impact: Berra joins a goaltending crew that includes starter Semyon Varlamov and reliable backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Berra was 9-17-2 for the Flames this season, with a 2.95 goals-against average. Joe Sakic, the team's executive vice president of hockey operations, says the deal "further solidified our goaltending situation, for the present and future."
News: The Flames have sent Berra to the Avalanche in exchange for a second-round choice in the 2014 draft, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: The 27-year-old Berra played in 29 games for the Flames prior to the trade, recording a 9-17-2 record, with a 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage. He'll bolster the Avs' goaltending depth, with veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere's deal set to expire after the season, the Denver Post reports.
News: O'Reilly scored a goal, added a power-play assist, went plus-1 and was credited with a pair of takeaways in Tuesday's win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: He's emerged from the Olympic break on fire, ripping off three goals and seven points -- five of them on the power play -- in four games, and should be deployed in nearly all fantasy formats.
News: Stastny scored an empty-net goal to seal Tuesday's win over Chicago, giving him 20 on the year.
Impact: That makes goals in three straight and points in five straight for Stastny, who doesn't seem to be affected by swirling trade rumors. This season marks the sixth time he's reached the 20-goal mark.
News: MacKinnon was credited with an assist in Tuesday`s 4-2 win over the Blackhawks. His point streak now sits at 12 games.
Impact: The youngster`s amazing 12-game streak ties him for the longest scoring streak set by an 18-year-old. His company? None other than The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. MacK`s assist came on an empty-netter by Paul Stastny, but hey, record books don`t discriminate. He`ll look to keep the dream alive Thursday against Detroit, a team he failed to record a point against in their only meeting this year, back on Oct. 17.
Tyson Barrie - #4 - Defense - 5'10" - 190lbs
News: Barrie drove home his ninth goal of the year -- his third against the Blackhawks -- on the power play as the Avalanche stormed out of Chicago with a 4-2 victory Tuesday. It held up as the game-winner.
Impact: Barrie teed up a perfect pass from Erik Johnson and unloaded it into the back of the cage with 7:20 remaining, silencing the Madhouse on Madison. He also grabbed an assist and improved his plus-minus to a tidy plus-14 for the year. Two of his three game-winning goals have come against Chicago, as he's helped his team to a 3-1-0 record against the 'Hawks this season -- no small feat. If you're in need of some help on the back end, look no further than the young British Columbian. He's quietly racked up a ridiculous 18 points in 20 games for the high-flying Avs since the calendar turned to 2014, so if he's available, jump on him ASAP.
News: Varlamov was superb Tuesday, turning aside 36 of 38 shots to hand the Blackhawks just their fifth regulation loss at the United Center by a score of 4-2.
Impact: That's 31 wins for the 25-year-old Russian, who is undefeated in three games since returning from a major Olympic letdown. The game's first star looked like an absolute brick wall against the 'Hawks, making several big-time stops in what was one of the fastest-paced games of the season. The Avalanche now sit one point behind Chicago in the Central Division and will look to keep pace Thursday against Detroit. Varlamov will likely suit up for that one, too, so keep him penciled as the bona fide No. 1 tender on your depth chart.
News: Johnson piled up three assists Tuesday en route to a 4-2 defeat of the Blackhawks.
Impact: The Avs' D is officially red hot, hitting the scoresheet 14 times in the last four games. Johnson hadn't recorded an assist since Feb. 1 against Buffalo, when he also recorded three. He looked very first-overall-pick-like skating in the hostile confines of the United Center, also blocking five shots and going plus-2 while earning the honor of the game's second star. With four points in the last two games, it's starting to look like EJ has a chip on his shoulder after being snubbed from the Olympics and missing time due to suspension. Look into his availability -- this guy's upside is enormous.
News: Varlamov will be in the crease Tuesday when the Avs visit the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: This will be Varly's third start this season against Colorado's new Central Division rivals. The Avs have taken two of three in the season series and are hoping to close the gap in the standings that currently has them sitting three points behind the first-place Hawks. Although Chicago's Marian Hossa is out with an upper-body injury, Varlamov will still have his work cut out for him in the Windy City where the hosts have only dropped four games in regulation this season. That said, he still makes for a great play as he hunts for his 31st win. Lock him in.
News: Varlamov will be in the crease Tuesday vs. the Blackhawks, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Varlamov cruised to wins in his first two starts out of the Olympic break, but he'll have a tough time keeping the winning streak going against the Blackhawks at the United Center. He did, however, experience success in his first two appearances against Chicago earlier this season, going 2-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .969 save percentage.
David Van der Gulik - #14 - Left Wing - 5'10" - 184lbs
News: Van der Gulik (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve Sunday and reassigned to AHL Lake Erie.
Impact: When the Avalanche were short on forward depth in early January, Van der Gulik was called up from the minors and played in just two games before he was sidelined due to injury. Now healthy, Van der Gulik will log some regular ice time in the minors with an eye on rejoining the Avalanche perhaps later on in the season.
News: Berra stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced in a loss to the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Berra had been enjoying a nice run of play, having let in two goals or less in his four starts before this one. However, he still only has a .897 save percentage on the season, and that is simply bad.
Nick Holden - #2 - Defense - 6'4" - 210lbs
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Holden scored a pair of goals to key Colorado's 6-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Impact: Holden snapped a 12-game scoreless drought. He has six goals and nine assists on the season.
News: Berra will start between the pipes Monday against the Wild, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Berra's 9-16-2 record isn't great, but he has been playing better of late. He has won three of his last five starts, giving up just nine total goals over that span.
News: Johnson returned to action Sunday after serving a two-game suspension and fired home the game-winner late in the third period of a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Johnson's eighth blast of the season came as part of a four-goal explosion in the third period that the Lightning couldn't counter. Most impressively, the Avs' D-men tallied four of their six goals, with Tyson Barrie opening the game's scoring and Nick Holden netting a pair. Johnson leads Avalanche defensemen in points (25) and ice time, and the former first overall pick will be relied upon heavily over the last quarter of the season.
News: Parenteau recorded an assist, five shots on goal and a plus-1 rating Sunday in a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Don't look now, but the 30-year-old playmaker now has points in his last four and saw a team-high 4:21 on the power play. Things seem to be looking up for Parenteau after he spent the better part of the last few months in trade rumors and even a couple games in coach Patrick Roy's doghouse as a healthy scratch. Maybe he's motivated to stay in Denver? Whatever the reason, make sure he's locked into your lineup. Just remember that if he does get moved in the next few days, his value will take a hit, as nobody is hotter than the Avs' top six right now.
News: Duchene grabbed two more helpers in Sunday's 6-3 home victory over the Lightning.
Impact: Duchene now has a modest four-game point streak going, his second longest of the season. His line with P.A. Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly has looked like a juggernaut since returning from the Olympic break, hitting the scoresheet a combined 14 times in three games. The only knock on Dutchy in this one was his three turnovers, but unless you're coach Patrick Roy, you probably don't mind.
News: O'Reilly notched his 23rd goal of the season Sunday in a 6-3 win over the Lightning. He also chipped in an assist.
Impact: O'Reilly now leads the Avs with 23 goals and has already eclipsed his career high of 18, set in 2011-2012. He's enjoying life on one of the league's best second lines alongside Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau, as the trio has combined for a whopping 14 points in the three games since NHL play resumed.
News: MacKinnon had two helpers against the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: MacKinnon has five points in his three games since the Avalanche returned from the Olympic break and now has an 11-game point streak rolling.
Nick Holden - #2 - Defense - 6'4" - 210lbs
News: Holden scored two goals, including a power-play score, against the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: This is a nice game for Holden, but he's a 26-year-old defenseman who hadn't registered an NHL point before this season. Unless he's a real late bloomer, he's not likely to contribute much fantasy value.
News: Varlamov made 31 saves on 24 shots in a win over the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: Varlamov is showing why the Avalanche traded for him years ago. He's sixth in the NHL in save percentage, and he now has 30 wins, which is second-best in the league.
News: Stastny could by moved by Wednesday's trade deadline if he and the Avalanche can't reach a contract extension by then, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: This comes as a bit of a surprise given the prominent role the U.S. Olympian has played in the success of the young Avalanche this season. Of course, the nightmare scenario for GM Joe Sakic would be to net nothing in return for the pending unrestricted free agent if he walks on July 1, so the pressure to get a deal done is rising. He'd likely have to take a pay cut from his current salary of $6.6 million to stay in Denver, as franchise cornerstone Matt Duchene and captain Gabe Landeskog inked long-term deals last summer for $6 million and $5.5 million, respectively. It's unclear now what Colorado could fetch for Stastny in a deadline deal, but Avs fans and Stastny owners alike should hold their breath and hope he signs soon. The danger of upsetting the chemistry of the Avs' forward corps could be costly.
Ryan Wilson - #44 - Defense - 6'1" - 207lbs
News: Wilson will be a healthy scratch Sunday when the Avalanche host the Tampa Bay Lightning, The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Wilson will join fellow Avalanche blueliner Andre Benoit in the press box to accommodate the return of Erik Johnson who sat out the last two games with a suspension. Wilson has suited up 22 times this season, recording six assists along the way.
News: Varlamov will start in goal Sunday against the Lightning, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov was sharp in his first start back from the Olympic break Friday, stopping 40 of 42 shots in a win over Phoenix. He'll be back in goal Sunday, with an eye toward improving his already impressive home numbers (2.29 GAA, .928 save percentage). A win would give him an even 30 for the season.
Andre Benoit - #61 - Defense - 5'11" - 191lbs
News: Benoit is expected to be scratched for Sunday's game against the Lightning.
Impact: With the Avalanche blue line corps seemingly healthy again, Benoit has become expendable as of late. It is unclear as to whether or not he'll remain a healthy scratch for long or if the team will send him to the AHL.
News: Berra stopped 21 of the 22 shots he saw Saturday to claim his ninth win of the campaign, a 2-1 overtime victory at Edmonton.
Impact: His season-long numbers (2.94, .898) are nothing to get excited about, but there are signs that he's turning his season around. In his last four starts, he's posted an impressive 1.51, .941 while going just 2-2-0 due to an anemic Calgary offense. We don't recommend him as a front-line starter unless you're desperate or you play with some unusual league rules, but don't write him off as a long-term prospect.
News: Duchene assisted on P.A. Parenteau's first-period power-play goal in Friday's 4-2 triumph over the Coyotes.
Impact: Another game, another point for Colorado's leading scorer from Haliburton, Ontario. He currently has 53 points and needs just 14 more to surpass his career high of 67 set as a sophomore in 2010-11. If the Avs keep rolling the way they've been all season, we don't think he'll have a problem.
Nate Guenin - #5 - Defense - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Guenin scored a rare goal Friday as the Avalanche beat the Coyotes 4-2.
Impact: Colorado didn't look back after Guenin's lamp-lighter 48 seconds into the third broke a 1-1 tie. It was the third goal of his career and first since March 19, 2012, nearly two years ago (!) and his first with the Avalanche. The stay-at-home defenseman now has six points on the season.
News: Johnson has completed his two-game suspension and will be available Sunday against the Lightning.
Impact: Get him back in your lineups if you've kept him on the bench while waiting for the banishment to pass. Johnson has provided seven goals and 17 assists over 58 games while also supplying 100 hits and 97 blocks on the defensive end.
News: Stastny scored the game-winning goal and added an assist Friday as the Avalanche downed the Coyotes, 4-2.
Impact: Stastny is showing signs of revitalization this season. He now has 44 points in 54 games -- including seven in his last seven -- and has clearly benefited from playing with a slew of dynamic youngsters, including his current linemates Gabe Landeskog and Nate MacKinnon. He is still unlikely to surpass the 78 points he racked up in his rookie season, but the eighth-year pro is playing his best hockey in years.
News: Talbot (personal) returned to the Avalanche lineup Friday against Phoenix after missing the previous game due to the birth of his son.
Impact: The proud new father and his fiancee named their baby boy Jaxson Spartacus Talbot. He spent the majority of the game on a line with John Mitchell and Jamie McGinn, registering one shot in 15:56 of ice time, 4:12 of which was spent on the penalty kill.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Varlamov stopped 40 shots in his first game after playing for Russia in the Sochi Olympics, including 18 in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 on Friday night.
Impact: Varlamov won his first two starts in the Olympics, but was pulled in the second period of a 3-1 loss to Finland after allowing three goals on 15 shots.
Gabriel Landeskog - #92 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 204lbs
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, helping Colorado to a 4-2 win over Phoenix on Friday.
Impact: All three of Landeskog's points came in the third period, as the Avalanche broke open a game that had been tied 1-1 prior to his scoring explosion.
News: Parenteau scored for the second-consecutive game, grabbing a power-play goal in Friday's win over Phoenix.
Impact: Parenteau let fly a blistering one-timer from the point past Thomas Greiss after scoring two nights earlier against Los Angeles. He has 30 points through 48 games, a far cry from his pace last season, but he's going to finish with close to 45 points in all likelihood. His name has been thrown around in trade rumors just one season after joining the Avs; he'll have two years and $8 million left on his contract, so he could be appealing to teams looking for a playmaking winger.
Gabriel Landeskog - #92 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 204lbs
News: Landeskog tallied a goal and two assists, all in the third period, as the Avalanche downed the Coyotes 4-2 on Friday.
Impact: Captain Landy took matters into his own hands just 48 seconds into the third, setting up Nate Guenin for a go-ahead goal that broke a 1-1 tie. He'd add another assist before icing the Coyotes with a power-play insurance marker of his own with just over three minutes left. This was the young Swede's third three-point effort of the season and gives him 51 points in 58 games with a shiny plus-14 rating, 48 PIM and 159 SOG. Many people underrate him, but you know better. Enjoy.
News: Varlamov returned to NHL action in solid form Friday, turning aside 40-of-42 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over Phoenix.
Impact: With the W -- his 29th of the season -- Varly moves into a second-place tie for most wins with the Sharks' Antti Niemi. Other than surrendering a couple power-play markers to Coyotes captain Shane Doan, he was lights out in this one, an encouraging sign considering he hadn't played since being yanked after allowing three goals on 15 shots for Russia at the Olympics. The 25-year-old workhorse will get the reins for most of the Avs' remaining starts as they jockey for playoff position. Saddle up and ride him hard into the sunset.
News: MacKinnon assisted on a pair of third-period goals, including Paul Stastny's game-winner, as the Avalanche toppled the Coyotes 4-2 on Friday, extending his point streak to ten games.
Impact: This kid is on fire. He creates havoc with his blazing speed and is only getting better as the season progresses. MacK's impressive point streak now sits at 10 games, with his 47 points comfortably leading the NHL rookie scoring race. Trailing him the closest are Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson (37 points) and Ondrej Palat (35 points) who will look to put an end to his streak Sunday when the Lightning visit the Pepsi Center.
News: Varlamov will start in net for Friday's game against the Coyotes, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Varlamov will make his first start following the Olympics on Friday against the Coyotes. He had back-to-back losses going into the break, then was a part of the Russian Olympic team that made an early exit from the tournament. He will look to get back on track following the break starting Friday.
News: Berra will start in goal Saturday against the Oilers.
Impact: Berra has had a tough go of it this season (8-16-2 record, .896 save percentage), but he did end the first half on somewhat of a high note, with three wins in his last six starts. Also, he's been very good in three starts against Edmonton this season, allowing just five goals on 81 shots (1.66 GAA).
Max Talbot - #25 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 190lbs
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Talbot was back with the Avs Friday.
Impact: Talbot was a late scratch Wednesday, leaving the team to be with his fiancee after she went into labor.
News: Despite rumors, O'Reilly will not be traded this season, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: This is reassuring news for Avs fans and O'Reilly owners, especially since it comes on the eve of his contractual trade freeze being lifted on February 28. Dater added that O'Reilly, a pending restricted free agent, will likely ink a long-term extension with the Avs this summer. O'Reilly's 22 goals have him tied with rookie Nathan MacKinnon for the team lead, and he sits fourth in team points with 43. Continue to bask in his consistent production and relax: he isn't going anywhere.
News: Parenteau tallied his 11th goal of the season and skated to an even rating in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Could things finally be looking up for him this season? After leading the Avs with 43 points in last year's 48-game lockout-shortened campaign, Parenteau has battled offensive inconsistency, injury and trade rumors, producing an underwhelming 28 points in 46 games. Trade rumors have persisted since coach and fellow Quebec native Patrick Roy made him a healthy scratch for a pair of games at the end of January. Parenteau has publicly stated that he wishes to remain in Colorado, and with the season-ending injury to Alex Tanguay, he may get his wish. As it stands now, Parenteau is riding shotgun with superstar Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly on the top line, and seeing significant power-play time on the point. He has also come alive with four points in six games since being scratched, so his value is definitely increasing. Just be ready to adjust accordingly if he gets dealt by the March 5 trade deadline; there aren't many potential destinations where he would have a supporting cast as potent as Colorado's.
Marc-Andre Cliche - #24 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Cliche signed a two-year, $1.4 million extension with the Avalanche on Thursday.
Impact: After being claimed off waivers from the Kings earlier this season, Cliche has become a useful depth forward for the Avalanche, even if his modest numbers don't suggest as much. He offers most of his value on the defensive end for the Avs.
News: Talbot (personal) missed Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Talbot's fiancee went into labor shortly before game time, keeping the winger out of the lineup for the team's first game out of the break. The expectation is that he'll be available for Friday's game against the Coyotes, but coach Patrick Roy could still give him the night off to spend time with his newborn.
Jamie McGinn - #11 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: McGinn had a goal and assist in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Both of McGinn's points came on the power play, where he logged 4:54 of his 16:23 of ice time on the night. McGinn's value is typically capped at even strength because he skates on the third line with Maxime Talbot and John Mitchell, but his continued presence on the top power-play unit with the likes of Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly allows him to maintain relevance in deep or mid-sized leagues.
News: Johnson served the first of his two-game suspension during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Colorado's ice time leader and highest-scoring D-man was sorely missed in this one, as their defense looked porous against a Kings team that had scored a combined eight goals in their last eight games. Johnson will sit out one more tilt against the Coyotes on Friday as punishment for his March 8 slash to the Islanders' Frans Nielsen. He's slated to return when the Avalanche host the Lightning in Denver on Sunday, March 2.
News: MacKinnon notched an assist in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Kings, extending his point streak to nine games.
Impact: Last summer's No. 1 overall draft selection picked up right where he left off before the Olympics, assisting on a second period power-play goal by Andre Benoit, his 16th point in the last 12 games. Although MacKinnon still has 11 games to go before reaching linemate Paul Stastny's record rookie point scoring streak of 20 games set in 2007, he leads all NHL rookies in goals (22), assists (23) and points (45) and has cemented himself as the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy. The 18-year-old has been an integral piece of the youth movement led by GM Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy in Denver, and has been a treat for fantasy owners who were savvy enough to snatch him up.
News: Duchene recorded two assists Wednesday against the Kings.
Impact: The center stayed hot Wednesday, recording his third and fourth points in the last two games. He now has 19 goals and 33 assists in 56 games on the year.
News: O'Reilly notched a goal and an assist Wednesday against the Kings.
Impact: O'Reilly tallied a goal on the power play, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Avs from falling 6-4 in the end. The winger now has 22 goals and 21 assists in 57 games this season.
News: Giguere allowed five goals on 27 shots Wednesday against the Kings.
Impact: The goaltender looked a little rusty in his first game back after the Olympic break as the Avs fell 6-4 Wednesday night. Giguere is now 9-5-0 on the season, and should continue to play the backup role behind Semyon Varlamov moving forward.
News: Talbot (personal) could miss Wednesday's game vs. the Kings, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Talbot participated at the team's morning skate Wednesday, but with his fiancee set to give birth to the couple's child any day now, the forward could be forced out of action. Cody McLeod would be bumped up to Talbot's spot on the third line if he's unable to go Thursday.
News: MacKinnon (illness) returned to practice Tuesday and said afterward that he was feeling fine, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With MacKinnon seemingly back at close to full health, fantasy owners can feel comfortable inserting the rookie forward into their lineups Wednesday. With 22 goals, 22 assists and a plus-14 rating over 58 games, the 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick has been as good as advertised.
Cory Sarich - #16 - Defense - 6'4" - 207lbs
News: Sarich (back) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday.
Impact: Sarich was able to return to practice when for the Avs last week, and after enduring no setbacks in those sessions, he'll be cleared for a return to the lineup. He has provided just nine points in 42 games this season, with most of his limited fantasy value coming in the hits (86) and blocks (53) categories.
Alex Tanguay - #40 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 194lbs
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Tanguay underwent hip surgery on Feb. 21, ending his season, Colorado announced on its Twitter account.
Impact: Tanguay had 11 points while being limited to 16 points this season with hip and knee injuries.
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Talbot (personal) did not practice with the team Monday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Talbot was at the hospital Wednesday while his fiancee was in labor, so there's no reason to believe that he won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Kings. Talbot currently has six goals and 13 assists in 58 games this season.
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon missed Monday's practice due to illness, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: There's no word on just how sick MacKinnon is, but the team is still hopeful that he'll be able to suit up Wednesday against the Kings. The rookie center currently has 22 goals and 22 assists in 58 games this season.
Milan Hejduk - #23 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 190lbs
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Hejduk is retiring from the NHL.
Impact: Hejduk, 38, played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Avalanche. The three-time Olympian and native of the Czech Republic scored 375 goals in 1,020 games and won a Stanley Cup in 2001. Hejduk didn't play this season after a trying 2012-13 in which he missed time with shoulder and torso injuries and scored a career-low 11 points in just 29 games.
Feb 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varlamov is set to return to practice with the Avs on Monday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Dater adds that Jean-Sebastien Giguere will start Wednesday's game against Kings, while Varlamov's first post-Olympic start is on track for Friday against the Coyotes.
Feb 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giguere is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The report adds that Semyon Varlamov -- who represented Russia at the Sochi Olympics -- will start the Avs' next game following that, on Friday against the Coyotes.