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Avalanche's Alex Kerfoot: Scores lone goal Monday
Kerfoot scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to Nashville.
Kerfoot is up to nine goals and 26 points in 45 games on the season, on pace for another 40-point performance. His goal scoring is down, but that was expected after he notched 19 on a ridiculous 23.5 shooting percentage last season. The 24-year-old should be a consistent source of secondary scoring, especially with a role on Colorado's second power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Stops 23 shots in loss
Varlamov allowed three goals on 26 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to Nashville.
All three goals that Varlamov allowed came during even-strength play as his save percentage fell to .908 for the year. The Russian netminder has gone 2-5-2 over his last nine starts, dating back to Dec. 17. He'll continue holding down the No. 1 goaltender job mostly due to Philipp Grubauer's struggles. Neither Colorado goalie is very reliable for fantasy purposes right now.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Gets starting nod Monday
Varlamov will tend the twine at home for Monday's clash with Nashville, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Varlamov is coming off a 30-save victory over the Kings, but will face a significantly tougher challenge from the Predators, who are scoring 3.08 goals per game. In 26 career matchups with Nashville, the Russian netminder is 12-12-2 with a disappointing .898 save percentage, though he walked away with a win last time these two clubs squared off, as he made 36 of 38 saves.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Will play Monday
Rantanen (lower body) will play Monday against Nashville, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
After spooking fantasy owners and Avalanche fans, Rantanen leaving Saturday's game against Los Angeles turned out to be for precautionary reasons. The 22-year-old broke out for 84 points in 81 games last season and already has 23 goals and 73 points before the All-Star break in the 2018-19 campaign. Among the league leaders in points, Rantanen is a daily must-start in all fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Sitting out until after break
Coach Jared Bednar said Johnson has concussion-like symptoms and hopes he can return after the All-Star break, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Johnson exited Saturday's game versus the Kings and didn't return. The Avalanche recalled Anton Lindholm from AHL Colorado on Sunday to add depth to the blue line during Johnson's absence. Johnson has struggled to produce this season with 14 points in 48 games, though he has 95 shots on goal, 75 blocked shots and 65 hits to provide fantasy consolation. Expect the team to place Johnson on injured reserve for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Dominic Toninato: Bumps up to big club
The Avalanche recalled Toninato from AHL Colorado on Sunday.
This is Toninato's first recall of the season, although he played 37 games on the Avalanche's fourth line last year. He adds depth since Mikko Rantanen (lower body) left Saturday's game versus the Kings as a precautionary measure. Toninato will likely watch from the press box for Monday's game versus the Predators if Rantanen is indeed fine.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Anton Lindholm: Rises to big club
The Avalanche recalled Lindholm from AHL Colorado on Sunday.
Since Erik Johnson is dealing with an upper-body injury, Lindholm was brought up to provide depth on the Avalanche's blue line. He has suited up for just two NHL games this season and recorded less than 7:19 TOI in each outing, so he'll likely land on the bottom pairing if he enters the lineup and won't have appealing fantasy potential.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Gets rare win
Varlamov made 30 saves in a 7-1 win over the Kings on Saturday afternoon.
It was his second win in three starts. That's the good news. But it was just his second win since Dec. 15 and only his third since Dec. 2. That's the not-so-good news. Sure, there were short stretches in there when Varlamov missed time due to undisclosed issues. But his game has been queasy all season and that makes him a massive fantasy risk.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Having season of his career
Landeskog scored a goal and added an assist, both on the power play, in a 7-1 win over the Kings on Saturday afternoon.
Landeskog's nine points, including five goals, in his last seven games make him a particularly strong play in any format. His 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists) in just 48 games projects to 90 points -- including a possible 50 goals -- this year. Landeskog is having the season of his career.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Pads point total in rout
MacKinnon set up two goals in Saturday's 7-1 rout of Los Angeles.
Mack has 70 points in just 48 games, a pace that would see him flirt with 120 points this season. And remarkably, he's not the team's top scorer. That title belongs to Mikko Rantanen. MacKinnon and Rantanen are among the best in the league. Enjoy this run.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Big three-point game
Barrie scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 7-1 rout of the Kings.
Barrie is on a three-game streak in which he has delivered five points, including four assists. He's now tied for eighth in the NHL in scoring from the blue line with 37 points. Use him well.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Removal was precautionary
Rantanen's removal from Saturday's game against the Kings was due to precautionary reasons, according to the Avalanche's official team twitter account.
This is great news for Rantanen's owners, as missing the Art Ross Trophy candidate for any period of time would register as a major blow. It sounds like Rantanen has a good chance of returning at the first available opportunity Monday against Nashville, but interested parties should still keep their eyes peeled for more concrete news on that front.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Won't return Saturday
Rantanen has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against the Kings due to a lower-body injury, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Prior to his exit, Rantanen recorded two goals, three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating. Any extended absence would certainly be a huge blow for an Avalanche squad that is jostling for playoff positioning heading into the All-Star break. Colorado returns to action Monday against the Predators, so keep your eyes peeled for news regarding his status.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Picks up upper-body injury
Johnson sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Saturday's game against the Kings and will not return.
Johnson was limited to a single blocked shot over 2:01 of ice time before departing. Colorado has two more games to go before the All-Star break, with the top-pairing defenseman bound to get checked out ahead of Monday's game against the Predators.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: In goal Saturday
Varlamov will tend the home twine Saturday against the Kings, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Varlamov's 5-3-4 record to go with a 2.71 GAA and a .911 save percentage on home ice are far from impressive, but he should have a good shot at improving his record and ratios Saturday against a Kings squad averaging a measly 2.13 goals per game in January. He's also looking to buck a recent trend of losing, having come out on the short end in six of his last seven starts.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Tyson Jost: Sent down to AHL
Jost was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Thursday.
Jost and Ryan Graves received demotions Thursday. Both are expected to dress Friday versus Bakersfield, and the possibility exists for at least one of them to return to the NHL following Friday's minor-league affair. The Avalanche's next game is Saturday at home versus the Kings.... See More ... See Less