Barrie (hand) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Colorado's premier puck-moving defenseman is expected to be shelved for 4-to-6 weeks, which opens the door for fringe players like Andrei Mironov and Anton Lindholm to see consistent playing time, albeit in a lesser role than what Barrie's been accustomed to in the Mile High city.
Barrie will require surgery to repair his broken hand which will keep him sidelined 4-6 weeks, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports. While it hasn't officially happened yet, Barrie is a lock for injured reserve given the expected length of his absence. With six points in his previous five outings, the blueliner was firing on all cylinders before getting hurt. Once the 26-year-old is designated for IR, the club will likely call up a defenseman from AHL San Antonio, with Chris Butler or David Warsofsky the leading candidates.
Barrie broke a bone in his hand during Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports. Barrie logged just 2:39 of ice time before leaving the game with this ailment. There's no clear timeline for his return at this point, and updates may not be clear until practices resume Wednesday.
Barrie suffered a hand injury in Saturday's game against the Coyotes and won't return, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Barrie continues to be a stud on the Avs' blue line, racking up four goals and 23 assists -- 12 coming on the power play -- through 33 games. He'll benefit form a long break during Christmas time with his next opportunity to play being Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Barrie scored twice and recorded five shots through 24:31 of ice time (3:03 on the man advantage) during Monday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. After recording 38 points and a minus-34 rating last year, Barrie has already posted four goals, 23 assists and a serviceable minus-3 mark through 32 games this season. The Avalanche have been sneaky competitive all year, and their No. 1 offensive defenseman's fantasy value has skyrocketed as a result. Barrie's plus-minus rating could again creep into problem territory, but otherwise, he appears set to take a run at a career-best showing.
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