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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Clears COVID-19 protocols
Johnson cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Johnson's now eligible to practice with the team after testing positive for the virus before training camp. The 32-year-old blueliner's first chance to play will be Tuesday's game against the Kings if his conditioning is up to par.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Conor Timmins: Moves to taxi squad
Timmins shifted to the Avalanche's taxi squad Saturday.
Timmins played in the first two games for the Avalanche, but he may drop out of the lineup moving forward. The 22-year-old is still eligible to practice with the team. However, star defensive prospect Bowen Byram could usurp Timmins on the blue line in Tuesday's matchup against the Kings.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Bowen Byram: Bumps to taxi squad
The Avalanche recalled Byram to the taxi squad Saturday.
Byram has completed his mandatory quarantine, and he'll travel with the team as it begins a four-game California road trip in Los Angeles on Tuesday. It's unclear if the 2019 fourth overall pick will make his NHL debut in the process, but many believe Byram is ready after posting five points for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship this year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Logan O'Connor: Shuffles back to minors
O'Connor was assigned to AHL Colorado on Saturday.
O'Connor was on the taxi squad for the first two games, but he'll shift back to the minors with the AHL season expected to start in February. The Texas native recorded 25 points over 40 AHL games last season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Shane Bowers: Moves to AHL
Bowers was assigned to AHL Colorado on Saturday.
Bowers is no longer eligible to practice with the team as he prepares for the AHL season. The 2017 first-round pick has yet to make his NHL debut, but he posted 27 points over 48 AHL games last season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Uninvolved through two games
Nichushkin had two hits and was plus-1 over 12:48 of ice time in Friday's 8-0 win over St. Louis.
Nichushkin made noise in 2019-20 with 13 goals, 14 assists and an 11.5 shooting percentage while posting a plus-26 over 65 games. His expected goals-for was tops among the team's regulars, and the third-line winger hinted at becoming a scoring depth option for the top-heavy Avalanche. Thus far through two games, the 25-year-old Nichushkin has not attempted a shot, and the third line has combined for one of Colorado's nine goals.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Quiet in big win
Bellemare had one shot over 14:39 of ice time in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Bellemare is having a quiet start to the season, which befits a fourth-line center. Friday's shot was his first of the year, and the unit has combined for just three shots through the first two games. Bellemare's primary contributions through two games have come at the faceoff circle, where the 35-year-old tops Colorado's centers with a 64-percent win rate (14 of 22).... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Ian Cole: Contributes in shutout win
Cole had two shots, two blocked shots and two hits over 14:28 of ice time in Friday's 8-0 win over St. Louis.
Cole was one of a handful of Avs that failed to contribute offensively in the whitewashing, but he was part of a better overall defensive effort after Wednesday's season-opening 4-1 loss to the Blues. The 31-year-old is skating on the third defensive pair and recorded four hits and two blocked shots with an even plus-minus through the first two games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Ryan Graves: Garners helper Friday
Graves posted an assist in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Graves went minus-2 in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blues, but his fortunes improved with the Avalanche as a whole Friday. The helper was Graves' first point of the year. He's added three shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots through two contests.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Supplies two more assists
Girard had a pair of assists and a team-high seven shots on goal in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
There's plenty of talent to go around on the Colorado blue line, but Girard is right in the mix with three assists through the first two games of the year. He's added 10 shots and a pair of hits. Cale Makar may be the flashy talent, but Girard is a steady option as well at 22 years old, and could exceed a 0.5 points-per-game average in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Plucks three apples
Makar registered three power-play assists in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Makar assisted on three consecutive goals, lending a hand to Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri and Nathan MacKinnon. The 22-year-old Makar added three shots on goal, three hits and two PIM, providing a well-rounded stat line for fantasy purposes. The reigning Calder Trophy winner, Makar's role on the first power-play unit will likely lead to ample offense in his second season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Joonas Donskoi: Contributes goal in blowout
Donskoi scored a goal and blocked two shots in Friday's 8-0 drubbing of the Blues.
Donskoi provided the Avalanche's seventh goal of the contest, and the middle tally in a span of three scores in 3:27 during the third period. It was his first point of the year in two contests. The Finn had 33 points in 65 outings with the Avalanche last year, but he shot 14.4 percent, a rate that will likely be lower in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Devon Toews: Nabs first points with Avs
Toews recorded a power-play goal and an assist in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
There was plenty of offense to go around Friday, and Toews got his with an assist on Joonas Donskoi's tally in the third period. Toews sweetened his stat line with the eighth and final goal just 2:54 after Donskoi's marker. A solid two-way blueliner, the 26-year-old Toews has two points and three blocked shots through his first two appearances with the Avs. He produced 28 points in 68 outings with a much more defensive Islanders team last year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Andre Burakovsky: Adds two power-play points
Burakovsky scored a goal and offered an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Burakovsky got loose on a pass from goalie Philipp Grubauer to net the Avalanche's second goal of the contest. The 25-year-old Burakovsky added the secondary helper on Devon Toews' tally in the third period. After starting the year on the top line, Burakovsky returned to his familiar role on Nazem Kadri's right wing, which seemed to do wonders for the team as a whole in their explosive win. With three power-play points through two contests, Burakovsky's off to a fine start to 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nazem Kadri: Improves in second game
Kadri notched a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 8-0 blowout win over the Blues.
Kadri was minus-4 in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Blues, but he bounced back well. The 30-year-old Kadri did his damage on the power play, assisting on Mikko Rantanen's second-period tally and following it up at 1:13 of the third period with a goal of his own. While a top-six role with the Avalanche is a good position, Kadri's usage on the top power-play unit gives him an extra boost in fantasy value. He added three shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's victory.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Collects two points
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on four shots and added an assist in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Rantanen had the lone helper on Gabriel Landeskog's goal to make it 3-0 before scoring just 2:31 later. Those were Rantanen's first points of the year after he was held scoreless by the Blues on Wednesday. While he's often overshadowed by superstar Nathan MacKinnon and captain Gabriel Landeskog, Rantanen is an efficient producer on the Avalanche's top line. The Finn has accumulated 212 points in 197 contests over the previous three seasons and should continue to score at a high volume in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Strikes twice in big win
Landeskog scored two goals on four shots in Friday's 8-0 blowout win over the Blues.
Landeskog started the year on the second line, but after Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blues, he was reunited with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. The Avalanche's top line combined for four goals and seven points Friday -- they have a long history of success together. The 28-year-old Landeskog struggled with 44 points in 54 outings last year, but he should approach a point-per-game pace given his significant role in a dangerous and efficient offense.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Paces Avs in blowout
MacKinnon scored a goal on five shots and dished two assists in Friday's 8-0 drubbing of the Blues.
MacKinnon's goal and one of his assists came on the power play. The 25-year-old superstar was kept quiet in Wednesday's first meeting with the Blues, but he responded in a big way Friday. MacKinnon hasn't produced less than 93 points in a season over the last three years, although it'll be tough to hit that mark in 2020-21's 56-game campaign. He should still exceed a point-per game with a large share of his offense coming with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: Perfect redemption versus Blues
Grubauer posted a 21-save shutout in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
Grubauer took the loss Wednesday versus the Blues after allowing four goals. While things were tight in a scoreless first period, the Avalanche came alive over the final 40 minutes while Grubauer prevented the Blues from doing the same in what became a lopsided affair. The shutout was the 12th of the German goalie's career. He'll likely be well-rested for the Avalanche's next game, which is Tuesday in Los Angeles.... See More ... See Less
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