Bernier wasn't able to return from a lower-body injury before Colorado was eliminated from the postseason by Nashville on Sunday. Not much is known about the injury that's bothering Bernier, other than the fact that it forced him to miss Games 5 and 6 against Nashville. Bernier is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and after posting a solid 19-13-3 record with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage, will likely command serious interest from teams looking for a proven backup this offseason. Expect whichever team that ends up signing Bernier to provide an update on his condition as training camp for the 2018-19 campaign nears.
Bernier (lower body) won't suit up for Game 6 against Nashville on Sunday, per NHL.com. After Andrew Hammond shut down Nashville during Game 5 stopping 44 of 45 shots, it's hard to imagine head coach Jared Bednar giving Bernier the starting nod even if he was healthy. The 29-year-old hasn't had his best playoff performance, notching just a .883 save percentage through the four games he appeared in, but he could return as soon as Tuesday if Colorado forces a Game 7. As long as Bernier remains sidelined, Spencer Martin will likely continue to back up Hammond.
Bernier (lower body) will not be available for Friday's Game 5 against the Predators, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports. Bernier exited Wednesday's contest with what coach Jared Bednar described as a nagging issue that finally worsened. Without him available for the contest, Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond will receive the starting nod for the Avalanche while Spencer Martin remains on hand to serve as the backup as Colorado hopes to avoid elimination. A win would make Sunday the next opportunity for Bernier to rejoin the lineup.
Bernier stopped 23 of 26 shots before exiting with a lower-body injury, failing to return in a 3-2 loss to Nashville in Game 4 on Wednesday that put his team down 3-1 in the series. Bernier hasn't played particularly well, but in his defense, Nashville's attack has a way of making good goaltenders look bad. Still, the fact remains that he hasn't held the Preds under three goals in the series and only once has his save percentage topped .900. Even if he returns for Game 5, he's not likely to be at full strength, and there's a chance he has to give way to Andrew Hammond.
Bernier will not return to Wednesday's Game 4 against Nashville due to a lower-body injury. Bernier was removed from the contest entering the third period in favor of Andrew Hammond with the Avalanche trailing 3-0. Hammond will control the crease the rest of the way and could be in line for a Game 5 start should Bernier's issue cost him additional time.
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