• Gives up four in loss

    News: Reto Berra made 28 saves in a 4-0 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
    Analysis: In the Frozen Fury in Las Vegas, Reto Berra gave up four goals on 32 shots in the final preseason game for the Avs in what was a less-than-stellar performance. Berra got the start after winning the backup job over Calvin Pickard, who was sent down to the AHL San Antonio on Wednesday. Despite earning the No. 2 job, it has yet to be determined how much playing time Berra will get this season as the Avs are all but certain to ride workhorse starter Semyon Varlamov for extended periods of time.
  • Avs' Berra To Compete For Opening Night Spot

    News: Coach Patrick Roy confirmed that Reto Berra will be competing for a backup job in training camp with Calvin Pickard, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Despite failing to impress Roy with his work ethic and performance in games last season, Reto Berra will be given a second chance to justify the one-way contract the Avalanche handed him following his acquisition in March 2014. Berra's more sizable cap hit along with his competition's two-way contract would seem to work in his favor, but it doesn't sound like financial considerations will play a factor in Roy's roster decision. If that's the case, Berra may need to deliver a strong training camp in order to claim the No. 2 job, as he was roundly outplayed by Pickard when both goalies were given opportunities to play last season.
  • Avs' Berra Stops 41 For Shutout Shootout Win

    News: Reto Berra stopped all 41 shots sent his way through regulation and overtime Thursday, then turned aside two more in the shootout to take home a 1-0 win over the Jets.
    Analysis: He and Ondrej Pavelec dueled to a standstill until the shootout, in which Pavelec gave up goals to Colorado's first two shooters. This was almost certainly Reto Berra's final start of the season, so he's closing his campaign on a high note, having posted save marks of .946 or better in four of his final five appearances.
  • Avs Go With Berra On Thursday

    News: Reto Berra is slated to start Thursday's game against the Jets.
    Analysis: Semyon Varlamov will draw starts Tuesday and Saturday, as the Avs' season winds down, with Reto Berra set to face the Jets -- who are battling to stay alive in the postseason hunt -- on Thursday. In his last start, Berra stopped 35 of 37 shots in a 4-2 win over the Ducks this past Friday.
  • Avs' Berra Gets Win In Anaheim

    News: Reto Berra stopped 35 of 37 shots in a 4-2 win against the Ducks on Friday.
    Analysis: Reto Berra limited the Ducks to just two goals on 37 shots, yielding a rare road win in Anaheim. Both of Anaheim's goals came in the first period, but once the second period started, Berra was lights out, stopping all 26 remaining shots and earned his fourth win on the season. Berra has made four appearances in the last two weeks, allowing two goals or fewer in three of those appearances, and will look to continue that success in at least one more start before the end of the regular season.
  • Avs' Berra Confirmed For Friday

    News: Coach Patrick Roy reiterated after Wednesday's loss to the Sharks that he intends to stick with Reto Berra in goal for Friday's game against the Ducks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Roy has opted to stick with a short-term goalie rotation the rest of the way with the Avalanche essentially eliminated from postseason contention, allowing for equitable work between Reto Berra and Semyon Varlamov the rest of the way. Berra, who has appeared in three of the Avs' last five games, will make a second consecutive start Friday before making what is expected to be his final turn of the season April 9 against the Jets.
  • Avs' Berra Takes Loss Wednesday

    News: Reto Berra gave up three goals on 28 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Sharks on Wednesday. The other two goals were empty-netters.
    Analysis: Reto Berra dropped the ball a bit in this one after two consecutive one-goal games over in his last two outings. He's won just three times in 17 appearances this year -- posting a .905 save percentage and 2.98 GAA -- but is already confirmed to be starting again Friday in Anaheim in favor of workhorse Semyon Varlamov. Things won't be much easier against the first-place Ducks, so tread lightly if you're considering him for a spot start.
  • Berra To Start Next Two Games For Avs

    News: Reto Berra will be in the crease for the Avs' next two games Wednesday in San Jose and Friday in Anaheim, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: The back-to-back starts on tap for Reto Berra are an admission by the Avalanche that the team doesn't view itself as playoff contenders, which seems to be a fairly reasonable assessment given their eight-point deficit from the final wild-card spot out West. Berra delivered an excellent outing in his spot start last week against the Canucks, and with Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard having previously shouldered the bulk of the duties in goal for the Avalanche this season, it makes sense for the team to take a longer look at Berra. While Berra won't make for a strong daily option in either of his starts, those in weekly leagues mining for wins and saves may want to take a look at the 28-year-old, who has a 3-3-1 record, 2.97 GAA, and .906 save percentage over his 16 appearances.
  • Avs' Berra Stops 33 In Victory

    News: Reto Berra allowed just a single tally on 34 shots Thursday in a 4-1 win over Vancouver.
    Analysis: This was Reto Berra's first start in more than four months, dating all the way back to Nov. 25, though he did make six relief appearances in the interim. But a fine outing it was, coming as it did on the heels of a very strong relief appearance Wednesday in Edmonton. With nothing left for the Avs to play for, they may roll Berra out a few more times in the season's final games as they try to evaluate their backup situation for next year.
  • Avs' Berra Getting Start Thursday

    News: Reto Berra will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Canucks, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Though coach Patrick Roy's initial schedule called for Varlamov to get the start Thursday, that plan changed when the goalie was pulled midway through the first period of Wednesday's loss to the Oilers after allowing three goals on seven shots. Reto Berra played very well in relief of Varlamov with 26 saves on 27 shots, and with the Avs' playoff hopes effectively dashed with the loss, Berra could get some more work down the stretch. Berra has essentially been in Roy's doghouse all season, but with nine games remaining on the schedule, it's a good time for the organization to figure out what the lightly used netminder can do.