Last Game
Wed, Jan 26 |
vs Boston Bruins (24-13-3)
  • Ball Arena
Final / OT

Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
30-8-3 63
27-14-3 57
25-12-5 55
25-10-3 53
22-16-2 46
17-15-7 41
16-20-7 39
10-27-4 24

2021 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 8 19 13 18:22 4

Top Valeri Nichushkin News

  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Supplies pair of assists

    Nichushkin notched two assists, five shots on goal and two hits in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins.

    Nichushkin helped out on Kurtis MacDermid's opening tally and Gabriel Landeskog's game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation. With two multi-point efforts in his last three outings, Nichushkin is once again thriving on the second line. The Russian winger has 11 goals, 10 assists, 65 shots on net, 42 hits and a plus-13 rating in 25 appearances this season, putting him on track for career-high scoring numbers. He's already matched his point total from 55 contests last year.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Stars in return

    Nichushkin scored a power-play goal and assisted on an overtime goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Canadiens. He added two shots on net, two hits and four blocked shots over 17:00 of ice time.

    While Nichushkin wasn't named one of the game's three stars, he deserved to be honored as such. He returned after missing a week while in COVID-19 protocols, played well in all phases and gave the Avalanche a lift with his fourth multi-point game of the season. Nichushkin finished a pretty feed from Samuel Girard for his second power-play goal of the season in the second period, then the Russian forward wheeled away from Montreal defenders in overtime before setting up Gabriel Landeskog for the winner. With 11 goals and 19 points over 23 games, Nichushkin is on pace to better his previous highs of 14 tallies and 34 points in 79 games for Dallas in 2013.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Returning to lineup

    Nichushkin has cleared the COVID-19 protocols and will play Saturday versus the Canadiens, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

    Nichushkin missed three games while he was in the protocols. The 26-year-old will replaced Kiefer Sherwood in the lineup, and it's expected Nichushkin will play in his usual middle-six role. He has 17 points in 22 contests this season, but just one assist in his last four games.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Placed in COVID-19 protocols

    Nichushkin was designated for the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday.

    Nichushkin has averaged 18:27 of ice time -- 2:19 during the man advantage -- and recorded 17 points over 22 appearances this season. He recently missed four games in January while recovering from an upper-body injury. The 26-year-old will miss Monday's contest against the Wild at a minimum.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Collects assist in OT loss

    Nichushkin had an assist, one shot on net and two hits over 22:08 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Nashville.

    Nichushkin picked up the primary helper on Cale Makar's game-tying goal in the third period -- another highlight reel tally by the defenseman -- that sent the game into overtime. Big Val filled in for Gabriel Landeskog (COVID-19 protocols) on the top line and picked up his first point since returning earlier this week from a four-game absence due to an upper-body injury. There's a possibility Landeskog misses Friday's game, which would create another opportunity for Nichushkin to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Nichushkin has 10 goals, seven assists and 50 shots through 20 games.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Returns to lineup

    Nichushkin had two shots on net and recorded three hits over 19:12 of ice time in Monday's 4-3 win over the Kraken.

    Nichushkin returned to the ice after missing four games due to an upper-body injury. He started the game on the second line, then rotated to the top line when Colorado head coach Jared Bednar tweaked combinations after the Avalanche fell behind, 3-1. With Gabriel Landeskog in COVID-19 protocols, forwards like Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky or J.T. Compher may be asked to skate on the first line Tuesday against Nashville and possibly Friday against Arizona.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Will play Monday

    Nichushkin (upper body) was cleared to play Monday against Seattle, per Peter Baugh of The Athletic.

    Nichushkin has missed the last four Avalanche contests in recovery. The 26-year-old has averaged 18:39 of ice time, 2:24 during the man advantage and recorded six goals and three assists through his last 10 appearances.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Getting close, won't play Saturday

    Nichushkin (upper body) is getting close to returning to action, but he won't play Saturday versus Toronto, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Although he won't play against the Maple Leafs, it wouldn't be surprising to see Nichushkin return to the lineup for Monday's matchup with Seattle. He's racked up 10 goals and 16 points through 18 games this campaign.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Still out Thursday

    Nichushkin (upper body) will not play Thursday versus the Jets, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Nichushkin will miss his third straight game with the injury, which keeps Kurtis MacDermid in the lineup as a bottom-six winger. The 26-year-old Nichushkin will aim to return Saturday versus the Maple Leafs, but the Avalanche have yet to define a timeline for his recovery.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Remains unavailable

    Nichushkin (upper body) won't play Tuesday versus the Blackhawks, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Nichushkin will miss a second straight contest with an upper-body injury he aggravated during practice. J.T. Compher will likely continue to occupy a top-six role until Nichushkin's cleared to return.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Could miss more than Sunday

    Nichushkin (upper body) could miss additional games beyond Sunday's clash with the Ducks, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Head coach Jared Bednar ruled out Nichushkin for Sunday's contest then added the forward could miss an additional game or two after that. The Avs play in Chicago on Tuesday and at home against the Jets on Thursday. Bednar said Nichushkin "aggravated something" at a recent practice.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Won't play Sunday

    Nichushkin won't play Sunday against Anaheim due to an upper-body injury,'s Rick Sadowski reports.

    The Avalanche currently only have 11 healthy forwards on their roster, so at this point it isn't clear who will enter the lineup in Nichushkin's place against the Ducks. Check back for another update on Nichushkin's status prior to Tuesday's clash with Chicago.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Nursing upper-body injury

    Nichushkin missed Friday's practice with an upper-body injury, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    The forward should be considered day-to-day leading up to Sunday's game versus Anaheim. Nichushkin has tallied 10 goals and six assists while averaging 18:07 of ice time in 18 games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Reaches double digits in goals

    Nichushkin scored a goal on four shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Predators.

    Nichushkin got the Avalanche within a goal in the third period. The Russian winger has 10 tallies, six assists and 47 shots on net in 18 contests this season. He's often played in a middle-six role, but with the Avalanche's roster depleted by COVID-19 protocols and injuries, Nichushkin played alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the top line Thursday.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Nets pair Tuesday

    Nichushkin scored twice on three shots, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    Nichushkin tallied late in both the second and third periods to help the Avalanche maintain a two-goal advantage. The 26-year-old has four goals and three assists through eight games in December. For the season, the Russian winger is up to 15 points, 43 shots, 25 hits and a plus-11 rating in 17 contests overall while mainly working in a middle-six role.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Garners assist Wednesday

    Nichushkin logged an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rangers.

    Nichushkin led all Avalanche forwards with 20:32 of ice time. His helper came on a Nazem Kadri go-ahead goal in the second period. The 26-year-old Nichushkin has gathered three goals and three assists in his last six outings. The winger has seven tallies, six helpers, 30 shots on net, 22 hits and a plus-7 rating through 14 contests this year.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Logs goal in win

    Nichushkin scored a goal on four shots, adding three hits and one blocked shot in Monday's 7-5 win over Philadelphia.

    The Flyers were unable to clear the puck, which eventually landed on the stick of Nichushkin, who wheeled to the front of the net and beat Martin Jones stick side for his seventh goal and 12th point in 13 games. Big Val has not gone more than one game without a point.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Logs assist in loss

    Nichushkin had an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.

    Both Nichushkin and Nazem Kadri batted at a loose puck in front of Jack Campbell with the goal eventually being given to Kadri while Nichushkin picked up the helper. It was the eighth point in the nine games since the 26-year-old Russian returned from a nine-game absence due to upper-body injury. In his first season as a top-six regular, Nichuskin has landed on the scoresheet in eight of 10 games played.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Hot hand continues

    Nichushkin had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.

    Nichushkin put the Avs up 1-0 with a shorthanded goal early in the second. His teammate forced a turnover by a Habs' defender and passed to the winger, who had just come off the bench. Nichushkin fired a one-timer that trickled through Jake Allen and into the net. He's riding a three-game, four-point streak (two goals, two assists) and now has 11 points in the same number of games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Playing against Leafs

    Nichushkin (illness) will be in the lineup versus Toronto on Wednesday, Aarif Deen of Mile High Sports reports.

    Nichushkin has been unstoppable since returning from his upper-body injury, as he has garnered five goals, two assists and 14 shots in his last eight contests. In addition to filling his second-line role, the 26-year-old winger should be a fixture on the No. 2 power-play unit.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Age: 26
Experience: 6
Shoots: Left