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Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Makes preseason debut
Nichushkin had one shot, one hit and a two-minute minor penalty over 19:35 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 preseason loss to Dallas.
Nichushkin, who left the team during last season's playoffs due to family reasons, made his preseason debut Tuesday. He should see plenty of minutes as a top-six forward. If he can remain healthy, the 28-year-old forward can provide Colorado with the depth scoring it needs to take pressure off Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Meets media at training camp
Nichushkin addressed the media after Colorado's first day of training camp Thursday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
This was the first time Nichushkin was available for the media, but the Russian forward did not say much about the incident in Seattle that prompted him to leave the team during last season's NHL playoffs. "It was family reasons," he said. "I know you guys want to find something there but there's nothing really interesting. I think we should close it. It's a new season right now. We have to focus on that." The session lasted about two minutes. Many of his teammates expressed support for Nichushkin, who is expected to be a top-six forward for Colorado this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Clear for 2023-24
Nichushkin (personal) will not be investigated by the NHL and is eligible to play in 2023-24, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
An incident involving police occurred in Seattle during the Avalanche's first-round series, and it caused Nichushkin to be away from the team. The winger was not charged nor considered criminally liable during the situation. He should be a top-six option for the Avalanche next year, especially with Gabriel Landeskog (knee) expected to miss a second full campaign.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Won't play Wednesday
Nichushkin (personal) won't be available for Game 5 against Seattle on Wednesday, Ryan Boulding of NHL.com reports.
Nichushkin, who is out indefinitely, will miss his third consecutive contest. It's unclear at this time when he will be ready to return to the Avalanche. Nichushkin has one goal, six shots on net and three hits in two appearances this postseason. During Nichushkin's absence, Matt Nieto has been playing on the second line.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: May not return this series
Coach Jared Bednar isn't sure if Nichushkin (personal) will return during Colorado's first-round series versus the Kraken, Ryan Boulding of NHL.com reports.
The Avalanche and Seattle are all tied up at two games apiece, so there will be at least two more contests in the series, but Nichushkin's status for the rest of the first round remains up in the air due to a personal matter. The 28-year-old forward picked up a goal through the first two games of the series before stepping away from the team.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Out Monday
Nichushkin (personal) is not in Monday's lineup against Seattle, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Nichushkin will miss a second straight game while he's away from the team. The Avalanche will be back in action for Game 5 on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Attending to personal matter
Nichushkin missed Saturday's Game 3 for personal reasons, Ryan S. Clark of ESPN reports.
Head coach Jared Bednar was uncertain on how long Nichushkin would be away from the Avalanche, so his status for Game 4 on Monday is murky at best. When he rejoins the team, it shouldn't take him long to get back into game action, but it's unclear when that might happen.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Sitting out Game 3
Nichushkin (undisclosed) is not on the ice for warmups, indicating he'll miss Saturday's Game 3 versus the Kraken, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Nichushkin scored a goal in Game 2, but he took a maintenance day Saturday, missing the morning skate. He'll now be out of the lineup for this contest, though he can likely be considered day-to-day. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday in Seattle.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Scores in Thursday's win
Nichushkin scored a goal on three shots and added three hits in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Kraken in Game 2.
Nichushkin's tally was his first since April 1, and he was limited to three assists over the eight games in between goals. The 28-year-old tied the game at 2-2 at the 7:30 mark of the second period. The winger put in a strong regular season with 47 points, 158 shots on net, 54 hits and a plus-15 rating through 53 appearances, and he remains a key part of the Avalanche's top six.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Contributes two assists Sunday
Nichushkin registered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime victory over Anaheim on Sunday.
Nichushkin's second helper was recorded during a Colorado power play. He's up to 17 goals and 47 points in 50 contests, including 16 power-play points. Nichushkin was going through a little bit of a cold stretch, having recorded a goal and an assist over his previous five outings.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Registers assist in win
Nichushkin posted an assist, five shots on goal, four blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Kings.
Nichushkin set up the second of Denis Malgin's tallies in the contest, which stood as the game-winner. The helper was Nichushkin's second point through four games in April. The top-six winger has 45 points, 150 shots on net, 51 hits and a plus-15 rating through 49 contests overall in a strong campaign.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Tallies goal vs. Dallas
Nichushkin provided a goal in Colorado's 5-2 victory over Dallas on Saturday.
Nichushkin's marker came late in the third period on an empty net to increase Colorado's lead to 4-1. It was his 17th goal and 44th point in 46 games this season. Nichushkin has been held off the scoresheet only once in his last nine appearances, and he has four goals and nine points in that span.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Pots goal in Monday's win
Nichushkin scored a goal on five shots and blocked two shots in Monday's 5-1 win over the Ducks.
Nichushkin supplied an insurance tally early in the second period. The winger is riding a seven-game point streak, during which he's recorded three goals and five helpers. The 28-year-old is up to 16 tallies, 43 points, 128 shots, 45 hits and a plus-15 rating through 44 contests overall.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Streaks to six games
Nichushkin scored a power-play goal in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes. He had four shots on net, two hits and one blocked shot over 24:13 of ice time.
Nichushkin finished off a feed from Mikko Rantanen for the Avalanche's third goal. It was the Russian forward's 15th tally of the season, 10 of which have come with Colorado a man up. The power-play tally ran his point streak to six games. Nichushkin's returned to the torrid scoring pace with which he opened season, posting 22 points over his last 17 contests.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Gets two helpers Friday
Nichushkin registered two assists in Colorado's 3-1 victory over Arizona on Friday.
Nichushkin's first helper was recorded while the Avalanche had the man advantage. That gives him four power-play points over his last seven games, as well as three goals and five assists overall in that span. The 28-year-old's up to 14 goals and 41 points in 42 outings this season, including 14 points with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Creates helper in loss
Nichushkin posted an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
Nichushkin stole the puck behind the Penguins' net and fed J.T. Compher for a second-period goal. This was Nichushkin's fourth straight game with a point, and he has a tally and three helpers in that span. The winger is up to 39 points, 115 shots on net, 40 hits and a plus-13 rating through 41 outings overall while maintaining a top-six role.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Logs helper in Monday's win
Nichushkin posted an assist in Monday's 5-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Nichushkin didn't do a lot Monday, but he set up the first of Denis Malgin's two goals in the game. Through 10 appearances in March, Nichushkin has four goals and nine assists. The 28-year-old winger is up to 14 tallies, 24 helpers, 112 shots on net, 39 hits and a plus-14 rating through 40 outings overall.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Tip-in tally in win
Nichushkin scored power-play goal in Thursday's 5-4 win over Ottawa. He added two shots on net, one hit and one blocked shot to his line over 20:49 of ice time.
Nichushkin was camped net side and tipped in a Cale Makar shot for his 14th goal and second in the last three games. The forward appears to be getting his swerve back after dealing with two injuries that forced him to miss significant blocks in the schedule. Nichushkin registered 18 points (six goals, 12 assists), including five on the power play, over the last 12 contests.... See More ... See Less
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