Pickard gave up four goals on 29 shots in Saturday's loss to the Oilers. That's the third loss in a row for Pickard, who has given up 12 goals in that span. The 24-year-old has only managed 13 wins in 41 starts this season, as the Avalanche sit at the bottom of the standings. Pickard has turned in some really strong performances this month, but it's this recent stretch that serves as a reminder that there are better options out there. With Colorado eliminated from playoff contention, Pickard is not an ideal fantasy play if you're searching for victories.
Pickard will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Oilers. Pickard has struggled in consecutive starts, suffering back-to-back defeats while posting an ugly 4.05 GAA and .843 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old netminder will look to get back on track in a road matchup with an Oilers club that's 20-12-4 at home this season.
Pickard stopped 25 of 28 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blues. This game was tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but Pickard gave up two goals in the first half of the final frame and his team was never able to recover. He has just one win in his past five starts, which is to be expected of a goalie whose last-place team sits 20 points behind the second-worst record in the NHL.
Pickard will be in goal against St. Louis on Tuesday, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. Pickard has just one win in his last four outings along with a .906 save percentage. The 24-year-old has struggled to handle the No. 1 netminder role since Semyon Varlamov (groin) was lost for the year, but he's not getting much help from his teammates. It could be a lighter workload for Pickard on Tuesday, as the Blues are averaging a mere 27.9 shots per game -- fourth-lowest in the NHL.
Pickard allowed five goals on 23 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday. The 24-year-old came into Saturday having allowed just two goals in his previous two games, but that mini hot streak is finished, and he now leads the league with 24 regulation losses. Pickard has managed to post a .909 save percentage, which isn't horrible considering he backstops one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. Still, owners shouldn't feel good about trusting any Avalanche netminder down the stretch.
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