Barrie collected two assists in 25:58 of ice time in Saturday's shootout loss to the Stars. Barrie has managed to be a steady contributor in a down year for Colorado, managing 38 points in 73 games. The 25-year-old has piled on the helpers, but he's only found twine six times after netting 10-plus goals in each of his three previous seasons. The Avalanche have had a horrendous year, so while his point production is nice, Barrie's minus-33 rating and lack of power-play production certainly were a letdown for owners.
Barrie earned an assist in a 5-3 loss to visiting Washington on Wednesday. The blueliner also fired five shots on goal, giving him 167 on the season. While he's off last year's 49-point pace, Barrie's 35 points are 33rd among league defensemen, and his 23:18 of average ice time is the highest of his career. That said, the 25-year-old's horrendous minus-29 rating is the worst in the NHL, making him nearly impossible to stomach in leagues that count plus-minus.
Barrie contributed a goal, a power-play assist and an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes. Barrie played a role in all three of his team's goals, notching his first multi-point effort since Jan. 17. The 25-year-old blueliner's 4.3 shooting percentage is his lowest mark since the 2012-13 season, and he has just eight points with the extra man after at least doubling that total in each of his previous two campaigns. Throw in a career-worst minus-26 rating, and it's easy to see why Barrie owners have been disappointed with his output for a league-worst Avalanche team.
Barrie lit the lamp on seven shot attempts Friday, contributing to a 2-1 overtime win over the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Whether or not you have shares in Barrie for fantasy purposes, you've got to admire the blueliner's compete level in spite of his team sitting in the basement of the NHL standings. He skated for 24:58 as the quarterback on the top power-play unit in this one. We wouldn't be surprised to see a good chunk of fantasy players fading members of the Avalanche based on the ugly record, but it would be a mistake to outright ignore a puck-moving rearguard like Barrie.
Barrie (lower body) is considered probable for Sunday's game against the Islanders. Barrie took pregame warmups Saturday, but was ultimately held out of the contest for another day of rest. His return finally arrives Sunday, providing the club with an offensive presence along the blue line. Assuming he returns, Barrie should also retake his spot on the team's power play, where he's notched seven of his 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) over 43 games this season.
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