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52-21-9 113
52-24-6 110
50-25-7 107
47-30-5 99
43-33-6 92
39-33-10 88
36-41-5 77
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Regular Season 25 53 5 21:21 22

Top Valeri Nichushkin News

  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Back in action

    Nichushkin (lower body) will play Friday against Edmonton, per the NHL's media site.

    Nichushkin is set to return following a four-game absence. The 29-year-old winger tallied eight points in eight games after returning from the Player Assistance Program before missing time due to the injury. On the year, he has 26 goals and 50 points through 48 appearances.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Possible return Friday

    Nichushkin (lower body) will not play Thursday against Minnesota but it's possible he will play Friday against Edmonton, per Corey Masisak of The Denver Post.

    Nichushkin has missed the past three games because of the injury -- he's played 48 games this season, recording 26 goals and 24 assists. The 29-year-old will likely be slotted into the first or second line when he returns to action. He will likely also jump onto the No. 1 power-play unit when he returns -- he's picked up 15 of his 26 goals with the man advantage this season.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Might be available for Friday

    Nichushkin (lower body) will link up with the Avalanche on the road and might make his return Friday versus Edmonton, Avalanche play-by-play announcer Conor McGahey reports Wednesday.

    Nichushkin will meet up with the Avalanche in Minnesota, but he isn't expected to participate in Thursday's contest against the Wild. Still, this is an encouraging sign for the 29-year-old forward, who last played March 26. He has 26 goals and 50 points in 48 outings this season. When Nichushkin does rejoin the lineup, Jonathan Drouin might slide off the top line.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Won't travel to start trip

    Nichushkin (lower body) won't travel with the Avalanche at the start of their three-game road trip, Ryan Boulding of NHL.com reports.

    Nichushkin hasn't been ruled out for the whole trip, but he won't play Monday in Columbus. He will resume skating in Denver and may link up with the Avalanche later in the trip, which also includes stops Thursday in Minnesota and Friday in Edmonton.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Not playing Saturday

    Nichushkin (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Predators, per Ryan Boulding of NHL.com.

    Nichushkin will miss second straight contest. In 48 appearances this season, he has racked up 26 goals, 50 points, 147 shots on net and 64 hits. Brandon Duhaime is slated to play on the second line again in Saturday's matchup because of Nichushkin's absence.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Ruled out against Rangers

    Nichushkin (lower body) will not play in Thursday's matchup with the Rangers, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Nichushkin has played in just eight games since returning from the Player Assistance Program. In those eight outings, the 29-year-old winger has notched four goals and four assists, including four power-play points. Zach Parise should be a candidate for Nichushkin's second-line role against New York.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Questionable for Thursday

    Nichushkin is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rangers because of a lower-body injury, per Aarif Deen of Mile High Sports.

    Nichushkin has 26 goals and 50 points in 48 outings in 2023-24. His injury is not expected to keep him out long term, but if he does miss Thursday's tilt, then Zach Parise might slide into a top-six role.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Tacks on goal

    Nichushkin scored a goal on two shots and went plus-2 in Friday's 6-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Nichushkin tallied the Avalanche's sixth goal in Friday's blowout win. The winger has four goals and four assists over his last six outings as he continues to thrive on the top line. For the season, Nichushkin has racked up 26 goals, 50 points, 142 shots on net, 62 hits and a plus-12 rating through 46 outings. He's two points shy of matching his career high from 2021-22.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Rolling since return

    Nichushkin logged a power-play and even-strength assist, one shot on net, two blocks and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blues.

    Nichushkin continued his roll since returning from a personal leave of absence. The winger has points in four of five games following his reinstatement, including three goals and four assists, helping extend Colorado's winning streak to seven games. He's skating on the top line and is a staple of the top power-play unit, which puts Nichushkin in position to establish a new career high in points. The 29-year-old, who has 49 points, needs four more over the final 13 contests to set a new personal benchmark.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Heads-up play in overtime win

    Nichushkin scored a power-play goal, added three hits and went minus-2 in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.

    A Nathan MacKinnon shot caromed off Nichushkin's visor and into the net 30 seconds into the extra session. This was Nichushkin's third straight game with a goal since he rejoined the Avalanche after a personal leave. The 29-year-old winger has 25 tallies, 47 points, 135 shots on net, 59 hits and a plus-10 rating through 43 contests overall. He's scored 15 of his goals on the power play and should continue to feature on the Avalanche's top man-advantage unit.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Puts up three more points

    Nichushkin scored a goal on four shots, supplied two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Flames.

    Nichushkin set up goals by Mikko Rantanen (on the power play) and Nathan MacKinnon before scoring one of his own. With four points over two games since he returned from the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, Nichushkin has settled right back in on the Avalanche's top line. The winger has 24 tallies, 22 assists, 134 shots on net, 56 hits and a plus-12 rating over 42 outings this season. Even with his absence, he has a good chance to top his career high of 52 points from the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Triumphant return to lineup

    Nichushkin scored the overtime winner in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Wild.

    Back in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 10, Nichushkin parked himself in front of the net on an Avs power play in OT, calmly settled down a bouncing puck and tucked it inside the post past Filip Gustavsson. Nichushkin missed 22 games after entering the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. While he did get eased back into action to some extent -- his 17:48 TOI was his lowest since early November -- the fact that he was on the ice for an overtime power play speaks volumes about his importance to the Avalanche. Through 41 contests on the season, the 29-year-old winger has 23 goals and 43 points.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Ready to rock

    Nichushkin (personal) will return to the lineup Friday versus Minnesota, per Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950.

    Nichushkin has missed the last 22 games while in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. He will resume his role as a top-six forward -- he'll likely line up with Casey Mittelstadt and Jonathan Drouin on the second line. The 29-year-old Nichushkin has racked up 22 goals and 42 points, including 13 goals and three assists with the man advantage, in 40 games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Unlikely to return Wednesday

    Nichushkin (personal) isn't expected to play Wednesday versus Detroit but might be available for Friday's game against Minnesota, per Brennan Vogt of The-Rink.com.

    Nichushkin, who has been in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, was cleared to resume practicing Monday. He was last in the lineup Jan. 10. When Nichushkin resumes playing, he will likely serve in a top-six capacity and play on the first power-play unit. The 29-year-old has 22 goals and 42 points in 40 appearances in 2023-24.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Cleared to resume practicing

    Nichushkin (personal) was cleared by the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on Monday to resume practicing with the team.

    Although Nichushkin's been cleared to resume practicing with the team, he's still in the follow-up care phase of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program and has not yet been cleared to return to game action. Nichushkin, who's racked up 22 goals and 42 points through 40 contests this season, will presumably remain on non-roster injured reserve until he's cleared to rejoin Colorado's lineup.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Enters Player Assistance Program

    Nichushkin (personal) will be out for an indefinite period after entering the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

    Nichushkin, who last played Jan. 10 against Vegas, has 22 goals, 42 points, 128 shots on net and 46 hits in 40 games this season. Logan O'Connor and Joel Kiviranta are slated to occupy top-six roles until Artturi Lehkonen (neck) is ready to return.

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

    Nichushkin (illness) won't play Monday versus the Canadiens, according to Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now.

    Nichushkin will miss his second straight contest. Head coach Jared Bednar said that an update on Nichushkin's status is expected to come Monday. The 28-year-old forward has 22 goals, 42 points, 128 shots on net and 46 hits across 40 outings this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Age: 29
Experience: 8
Shoots: Left