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Avalanche's Sven Andrighetto: Back at it
Andrighetto (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's home game against the Capitals, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Andrighetto has been activated from injured reserve, so he's fully ready to rock. The 25-year-old winger from Switzerland has one goal and a plus-2 rating over six contests, though it appears that he'll be eased back into the lineup as a fourth-liner.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Out Friday
Nieto (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Capitals, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Nieto has only notched two goals and three points in 17 games this campaign, so his absence will likely go unnoticed by most fantasy owners. Sven Andrighetto (lower body) will come off injured reserve and replace Nieto in the lineup against Washington.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: Facing former team Friday
Grubauer will start against the Capitals, his former team, Friday night in Colorado.
This will be Grubauer's first time facing the team he won the Stanley Cup with this past June. The No. 2 goalie hasn't cut into Semyon Varlamov's playing time as much as the majority of hockey pundits predicted in the offseason, but then again, the German's ratios (3.55 GAA and .893 save percentage) leave a lot to be desired. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has been met with undesirable outcomes upon sending Grubauer between the pipes in cross-conference matchups, though he very well could step up against the club that he's most familiar with.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Adds to point total
MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday.
It's been an incredible start for MacKinnon, who now has 12 goals and 26 points in 18 games. The NHL season is still young, but should he stay healthy, MacKinnon is on pace for 50 goals and more than 115 points. Owners should probably expect MacKinnon to regress slightly and finish with about 40 goals and 100 points, but even those totals would be new career highs. Of course, health is always a concern with MacKinnon and is probably his biggest roadblock to those numbers. He has played more than 75 games just twice in five previous NHL seasons.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Leading NHL in assists
Rantanen scored a goal and added two assists with a plus-1 rating, two PIM and four shots on goal in a 6-3 victory against the Bruins on Wednesday.
Rantanen has filled the stat sheet all season and leads the league with 22 assists in 18 games. Since the start of last season, the 22-year-old has 77 assists in 99 games, giving him 113 points overall. He may specialize in assists, but the 22-year-old has also given owners seven goals, a plus-11 rating, 16 PIM and 40 shots in 18 games to start the 2018-19 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Beats Bruins
Varlamov made 20 saves on 23 shots in a 6-3 victory against the Bruins on Wednesday.
This was the 30-year-old's second straight win, but this was also the fourth time in the last five games where he yielded at least three goals. However, this five-game stretch is probably just bringing Varlamov back to the mean, as chances weren't very high for him sustaining the .950 save percentage he posted in his first eight games. Even in the midst of a little slump, Varlamov is 6-5-2 with a .926 save percentage and 2.32 GAA this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Gets starting nod
Varlamov will guard the goal in Wednesday's home game against the Bruins, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Varlamov was dialed in during his last start Sunday against the Oilers, stopping 26 of 27 shots en route to an impressive 4-1 road victory. The Russian netminder will look to keep rolling and secure his sixth win of the season in a home matchup with a Bruins team that's only averaging 2.00 goals per game on the road this campaign, 29th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Sven Andrighetto: Inching closer to return
Andrighetto (lower body) isn't expected to play Wednesday against Boston or Friday against the Capitals, but he'll likely join the Avalanche on their upcoming road trip, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Andrighetto has missed Colorado's last five games due to a lower-body injury, but it sounds like he could be ready to return as soon as Sunday against the Ducks. The 25-year-old winger was averaging 2:26 of ice time on the man advantage per game prior to his injury, so he may be worth a look in deeper leagues once he's cleared to play.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's A.J. Greer: Headed back to minors
Greer was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Monday.
Greer's demotion could be an indication that Sven Andrighetto (lower body) or J.T. Compher (concussion) will be activated off injured reserve ahead of Wednesday's clash with Boston. In his lone appearance for the Avs this season, Greer logged a mere 5:06 of ice time, in which he tallied two hits and one block. The Quebec native figures to spend the bulk of the campaign in the minors, but will likely top the list of potential call-ups if needed.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Picks up goal and assist in win
Barrie scored a goal and tallied an assist in a 4-1 win over the Oilers on Sunday.
Barrie's goal came midway through the second period and gave Colorado a four-goal lead in the process. He also assisted on Carl Soderberg's marker in the first period, which turned out to be the eventual game-winner. The 27-year-old blueliner has a goal and four assists in his last five games, and for the season has registered 14 points in 17 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Two more points in win
Rantanen scored a goal and assisted on another in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Oilers.
Rantanen wasted little time finding the scoresheet, notching his sixth goal of the campaign just 26 seconds into Sunday's game. He would also add a primary assist on Tyson Barrie's insurance marker midway through the second period. The 22-year-old Finn now has 26 points in 17 games, good for first in the league. Next up for Rantanen and the Avs is a home game against Boston on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Carl Soderberg: Lights lamp in win
Soderberg scored a goal and assisted on another in Sunday's 4-1 win over Edmonton.
Soderberg now has three points in his last two games and quite frankly was Colorado's best player Sunday. His goal wound up being the game-winner; meanwhile, his assist in the second period came with the man advantage, moving his power-play point total to five on the season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Notches two more helpers in win
MacKinnon recorded a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-1 win versus Edmonton.
MacKinnon now sits third in scoring with 24 points, trailing teammate Mikko Rantanen (26) and Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (25). He's recorded at least one point in all but four games this season, a clear sign of just how dominant MacKinnon's been so far in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Shutout spoiled late in third
Varlamov stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Oilers.
Varlamov's shutout bid was ruined by Ty Rattie's tip-in goal midway through the third period. The Russian netminder has been good so far this season, and despite Sunday's victory marking just his first win in his last five starts, Varlamov remains a solid fantasy option between the pipes. With the win, his record moves to 5-5-2 with a 2.26 GAA and a .929 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Gets starting nod Sunday
Varlamov will man the crease for Sunday's road contest against the Oilers, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Varlamov is currently working through a pretty serious rough patch, taking the loss in his last five starts and yielding 13 goals in his last three outings. Despite this recent struggles, the 30-year-old owns a solid 2.38 GAA and .927 save percentage. Fantasy owners should remain patient with Varlamov, as his backup Philipp Grubauer, hasn't done much to warrant more playing time.... See More ... See Less