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Paul Carey won't play in Thursday's game | 04/23/2014 4:28 PM
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Paul Carey will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
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Impact
Carey hasn't logged more than 4:48 minutes in a single contest in the 2014 playoffs. He had no points in 12 regular season games.
Joey Hishon will make his NHL debut Thursday | 04/23/2014 4:26 PM
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Joey Hishon will play in Game 4 on Thursday.
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Hishon had 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games in 2013-14. This will be his first career NHL contest after being taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson are Calder nominees | 04/23/2014 12:06 PM
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Nathan MacKinnon is one of the three finalist for the Calder Trophy.
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MacKinnon is competing with two Lightning forwards - Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson - for the rookie of the year award. MacKinnon is the frontrunner for this honor after he led all rookies with 63 points in 82 games. He also scored 24 goals, including five game-winners.
Matt Duchene calls his recovery a 'process' | 04/23/2014 9:54 AM
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Matt Duchene (knee) skated for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday.
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He said this injury is less severe than a similar MCL sprain he had two seasons ago, but he isn't sure when he'll be available to return. "It helps knowing my body way better than I did the last time I hurt my knee," said Duchene. "It's a process, and I understand the process better this time."
Ryan Wilson will replace Barrie for Game 4 | 04/22/2014 2:13 PM
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Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has confirmed that Ryan Wilson will play in Game 4 of their first round series against Minnesota.
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Impact
Wilson had six assists in 28 games in 2013-14. He is replacing Tyson Barrie, who is out four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury.
Colorado calls up Joey Hishon | 04/22/2014 1:47 PM
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Joey Hishon has been summoned by the Colorado Avalanche.
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Impact
Hishon has 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games this season. He hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
O'Reilly, Marleau, St. Louis up for Lady Byng | 04/22/2014 12:20 PM
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Ryan O'Reilly is one of the three finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
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Patrick Marleau and Martin St. Louis are the other nominees. The Lady Byng Trophy rewards "sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct" married with a "high standard of playing ability." What that typically translates to is a player that gets a lot of points while ending up with very few penalty minutes. By that standard, O'Reilly seems like a good bet to win the award after recording 64 points and just two penalty minutes in 80 games. He is only the second player in NHL history to record two or less PIM while playing in at least 80 contests with the other being Lady Byng winner Butch Goring in 1977-78.
Ryan Wilson or Elliott set to play in Game 4 | 04/22/2014 8:53 AM
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Ryan Wilson may suit up in Game 4 for Colorado now that Tyson Barrie is injured.
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Coach Patrick Roy said that either Wilson or Stefan Elliott would play because Barrie is out for four to six weeks with an MCL injury.
Tyson Barrie out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury | 04/22/2014 8:50 AM
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Tyson Barrie will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury.
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Impact
He was hurt early in the second period when he collided knee-to-knee with Minnesota's Matt Cooke at the blueline. Barrie led Colorado's defense corps with 13 goals during the regular season and he recorded 38 points in 64 games. His offensive abilities from the point will be sorely missed.
Nathan MacKinnon cools off in loss to Wild | 04/22/2014 1:53 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon and the high-flying Avs were held in check by Minnesota in Monday's 1-0 Game 3 defeat to the Wild.
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Impact
MacKinnon entered the night tied for the NHL lead in playoff scoring with seven points in two contests, but he and teammate Paul Stastny were each held off the scoresheet in the shutout loss. The young phenom recorded three shots on goal in 22:08 of ice time in the game.
Semyon Varlamov excellent despite loss | 04/22/2014 1:50 AM
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Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was superb for the Avalanche Monday night despite suffering a loss in a 1-0 overtime defeat to the Wild.
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Impact
The Avalanche were badly outplayed on this night and only their netminder kept the score knotted at -0- through three periods. In the end, Varlamov allowed just one goal on 46 shots in the contest and certainly deserved a better fate than he received.
Tyson Barrie departs with lower-body injury | 04/21/2014 9:00 PM
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Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie was forced to leave Monday's game against Minnesota due to a lower-body injury.
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Impact
Barrie was on the losing end of a knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke of the Wild, leaving him in obvious pain. He's been ruled out from returning to this game, but his status for Game 4 is up in the air.
Matt Duchene (knee) resumed skating Monday | 04/21/2014 4:54 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) skated Monday for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL on March 29.
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"The trainer thought it was good timing for him to start skating today," coach Patrick Roy said. "We'll go day-to-day with him on the skating, and then hopefully he can start practicing with the team." He skated and did some stickhandling, but he didn't participate in any team drills.
John Mitchell set to resume exercises | 04/21/2014 4:46 PM
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John Mitchell (concussion) may resume exercises soon.
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He didn't skate Monday, but he is on the trip with his teammates and coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell was feeling better. He's still probably out for the first round of the playoffs and his return is unclear.
Matt Duchene will 'probably' skate Monday | 04/21/2014 12:02 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) is slated to try to skate Monday morning.
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"That will be his first time on the ice, and we'll see how it goes," coach Patrick Roy said Sunday. "We're not going to push. We're going to be very smart about when he's going to come back. He's going to want to play soon, and it's going to be up to our doctors and (trainers) Matt (Sokolow- ski) and Scotty (Woodward) to determine if he's ready to play." Duchene still isn't expected to play in the first round against Minnesota.
Gabriel Landeskog nets game-winner Saturday | 04/20/2014 10:01 AM
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Gabriel Landeskog had two goals, including the game-winner, in Colorado's 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
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Impact
While rookie Nathan MacKinnon has desirably attracted a lot of the attention in Colorado after recording seven points in two playoff games, Landeskog has also been very impressive with three goals in his first two career postseason contests. Landeskog had 26 goals and 65 points in 81 games this season.
Stastny has seven points in two playoff games | 04/20/2014 9:57 AM
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Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado's 4-2 win over Minnesota.
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Impact
Stastny now has three goals and four assists in just two playoff games. With that, he's already broken his career-high for postseason points in a single year.
Nathan MacKinnon's tied for scoring lead | 04/20/2014 9:53 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon is tied for the scoring lead in the playoffs.
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Impact
MacKinnon has seven points in two games, which matches teammate Paul Stastny's efforts. Of course, what makes what MacKinnon's done special is the fact that he's just 18 years old. The rookie is likely to win the Calder Trophy and is already starting to build a reputation for being able to step up his game in the playoffs.
MacKinnon dazzles with 4 points in Game 2 win | 04/20/2014 12:46 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon tallied points on all of the Avalanche's goals in their 4-2 win over the Wild in Game 2 on Saturday night.
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As if MacKinnon's rookie season in which he scored 24 times and had 63 points wasn't good enough, the 18-year-old rookie is simply putting on a show at the early stages of the playoffs. MacKinnon scored the team's first goal off a slick fake and wrist shot and assisted on the rest, to give him seven points in the playoffs. He played 17:05 and had four shots on goal. Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored two times, playing 18:03 and recording five shots on goal. Paul Stastny scored the other goal, via the empty net, while chipping in with three assists, too. The Avs lead the series 2-0.
Semyon Varlamov steady for Avs with 30 saves | 04/20/2014 12:44 AM
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Semyon Varlamov set aside 30 shots in Colorado's 4-2 Game 2 win over the Wild on Saturday night.
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Varlamov gave up the game's first goal 4:18 into the first, then didn't allow one until 1:19 left in the contest. Even though Colorado wound up with a win in Game 1, Varlamov was certainly not at his best. This one was a different story and that should give the 25-year-old confidence as the Avs hit the road. Even more promising for the Avalanche is that they posted the best road record in the league this season and Varlamov has been just as sharp away from his home building, posting a .927 save percentage.
John Mitchell isn't close to returning | 04/19/2014 4:04 PM
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John Mitchell (concussion) is unlikely to play during the first round of the playoffs.
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Coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell isn't close to being able to return. He hasn't been able to resume work on a stationary bike yet. Mitchell has been out of action since Apr. 10.
Matt Duchene likely won't play in Round 1 | 04/19/2014 3:27 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) likely won't be available during the first round of the playoffs.
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Coach Patrick Roy confirmed that news Saturday. It was expected that Duchene wouldn't play in the opening round when he got hurt back on Mar. 29 following a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. He sustained a strained MCL on the play.
Nathan MacKinnon collects 3 assists in Game 1 | 04/19/2014 10:56 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon contributed three assists and a plus-3 rating in his NHL playoff debut Thursday night.
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Impact
The 18-year-old rookie made a great first impression for the Avalanche in their comeback overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. MacKinnon will look to keep that momentum in the second game of the series on Saturday night. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo wants his players to ratchet up the physical play when MacKinnon has the puck to try to slow him down.
Avs looking to improve on power play | 04/18/2014 5:47 PM
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Gabriel Landeskog wants to see the Avalanche perform better with the man advantage as their first round series progresses.
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Impact
Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 1. "We had some chances and we didn't get anything, and they scored on one of their power plays," Landeskog said. "Special teams are so big in the playoffs, so that's one thing we've got to improve." Colorado ranked fifth with a 19.8% power-play success rate in the regular season.
Barrie registers two assists in 5-4 OT win | 04/18/2014 12:46 PM
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Tyson Barrie continues to impress with his play as he registrered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs.
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Impact
Barrie was in Av coach Patrick Roy's doghouse to start the season and was sent to the AHL to find his game. Barrie returned to the NHL with confidence and registered 38 points in 64 games and anchored the Colorado power play. That production translates to a 47-point full season and makes Barrie a top-20 rearguard for the 2014-15 campaign.
E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night | 04/18/2014 12:40 PM
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If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.
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Impact
With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
Varlamov and Avalanche win | 04/18/2014 3:37 AM
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Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 of 33 shots in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota Thursday night at Pepsi Center.
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Impact
Varlamov finished the regular season with 41 wins and he should be one of the candidates to win the Vezina trophy. His first playoff game with the Avalanche wasn't his best performance of the season, but he will be between the pipes again on Saturday.
Stastny lifts Avalanche to win vs. Wild | 04/18/2014 3:32 AM
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Paul Stastny scored at 7:27 of overtime Thursday to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.
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Impact
The Avalanche sent the game to overtime when Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds to play in regulation during a 6-on-5 skating situation. Stastny also registered an assist in the win. Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly both had a goal and an assist, while Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon assisted three goals, while defenseman Tyson Barrie added two helpers in the victory.
Jan Hejda practices with Avalanche Wednesday | 04/16/2014 1:43 PM
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Jan Hejda (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice.
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Impact
Hejda is day-to-day and questionable for Game 1 on Thursday. Hejda had six goals and 17 points in 78 games in 2013-14. He was also second on the team with an average of 22:19 minutes per contest.
Nathan MacKinnon likes Colorado's depth | 04/16/2014 9:10 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon is slated to play between Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.
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Impact
He led all rookies in scoring in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games. "Obviously, with [Matt Duchene] out, it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else," MacKinnon said. "But we have tons of good forwards. It's not just going to be me that they're going to be paying attention to. I think it's good that, if they key on one guy, we'll have other guys step up. They're going to have to kind of choose who they want to pick their battles with." The Avalanche will feature Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny on their other scoring line.
Avalanche playing way above their pay grade | 04/15/2014 9:17 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche won a division title this season and are set for a playoff run despite having the third lowest payroll in the NHL during 2013-14.
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Impact
Just two teams spent less on base player salaries this season according to Cap Geek, while those two teams (the Panthers and Islanders) finished way out of the playoff contention. The Avs are fuelled by a young core with players like Gabe Landeskog still on rookie contracts. Landeskog is earning under one million dollars this season, but signed a lucrative contract extension.
Matt Duchene (knee) out at least 2 more games | 04/15/2014 5:31 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) will miss the Avalanche's first two playoff games at a minimum.
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Impact
Duchene had 23 goals and 70 points in 71 games this season. He didn't take part in Tuesday's practice and it wouldn't be shocking if he doesn't return before the end of the first round.
John Mitchell might not miss first round | 04/15/2014 3:42 PM
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John Mitchell (concussion) might be able to return before the end of the first round.
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Impact
Of course, given that it's a concussion we're talking about, any timetable needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Mitchell wasn't able to participate in Colorado's final two games of the regular season.
Jan Hejda (upper body) is day-to-day | 04/15/2014 3:08 PM
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Jan Hejda (upper body) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.
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Impact
Hejda had 17 points in 78 games during the regular season. He is day-to-day, according to Avalanche coach Patrick Roy.
Cody McLeod expected to return for Game 1 | 04/14/2014 12:56 PM
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Cody McLeod (ankle) is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 1 of Colorado's first-round series against Minnesota.
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Impact
He missed a sixth straight game on Sunday due to an ankle injury.
Avs' John Mitchell has a concussion | 04/14/2014 12:45 PM
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John Mitchell has been diagnosed with a concussion.
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He isn't expected to be ready to play when the playoffs begin. Mitchell missed Colorado's last two games of the regular season after complaining of headaches on Friday.
Tyson Barrie should be ready for Game 1 | 04/14/2014 12:41 PM
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Tyson Barrie (upper body) is projected to be fine to play in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.
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He was held out of Sunday's contest mainly as a precaution, according to coach Patrick Roy. Barrie enjoyed an excellent 2013-14 campaign with 13 goals and 38 points from the blueline in 64 games.
Jan Hejda sustains UBI Sunday night | 04/14/2014 12:36 PM
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Jan Hejda suffered an upper-body injury in Sunday's regular season finale.
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He was hurt in the second period and didn't return after logging 14:47 of ice time. Coach Patrick Roy wasn't sure about the defenseman's status following the contest, so his availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Minnesota should be considered questionable at this time.
J.S. Giguere strong in probable final outing | 04/13/2014 11:29 PM
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Colorado goalie Giguere turned in a strong game in what likely was his final NHL regular-season appearance.
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Impact
Giguere stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced in Anaheim before the Ducks prevailed 3-2 in overtime. Giguere, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, got a loud ovation and waved to the season-high crowd of 17,528 when he was recognized during a first-period timeout. As Semyon Varlamov's backup this season, Giguere produced a record of 11-6-1 in 2013-14. He also winds up with a GAA of 2.62 and a save percentage of .913.
Brad Malone scores in Avs' 3-2 overtime loss | 04/13/2014 11:23 PM
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Brad Malone netted his third goal of the season during the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks in Anaheim Sunday night.
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Impact
Stefan Elliott also got on the scoresheet for the Avs with his first goal of the season. Both Colorado and Anaheim were already locked into playoff matchups before the puck dropped. Anaheim won its first Western Conference title Saturday and will play the Dallas Stars in the first round. Colorado won the Central Division, its first division crown since 2002-03, when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings earlier Sunday, and will play the Minnesota Wild.
Avalanche summon Stefan Elliott | 04/13/2014 10:15 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche have promoted Stefan Elliott.
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Impact
Elliott has 14 goals and 28 points in 61 AHL games this season. He will help fill the void left by Tyson Barrie, who is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Mitchell misses Friday due to headaches | 04/12/2014 1:00 PM
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John Mitchell did not play Friday night against the Sharks.
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Impact
He was experiencing headaches which the Avs' coaching staff are concerned may be concussion-like in nature. For now reserve Mitchell and consider him day-to-day.
Varlamov to start Sunday v Anaheim | 04/12/2014 12:56 PM
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Semyon Varlamov will start in goal Sunday against Anaheim.
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Impact
He will be gunning for a very impressive 42nd win which will extend the team record he set Thursday night. Execept for some personal problems with his girlfriend that led to charges that were utlimately dropped, Varlamov has had a dream season under Patrick Roy in 2013-14.
Parenteau returns from knee injury | 04/12/2014 12:53 PM
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P.A. Parenteau returned from a knee injury on Friday night.
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Impact
He had missed 15 games due to a sprained MCL but was able to log 18:26 of ice time, take three shots and administer three hits in the Avalanche's 5-1 loss to the Sharks Friday night. Parenteau seems fine to activate for Sunday's regular season finale against the Ducks.
Tyson Barrie sustains injury Friday night | 04/12/2014 12:50 PM
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Tyson Barrie left Friday night's game against the Sharks in the first period with an upper-body injury.
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Impact
No word yet on the severity of the injury but it will likely keep him out of Sunday's contest against Anaheim. If Barrie is gone for the start of the playoffs it will be a big blow to the Avalanche as he is the team's leading scorer from the blueline with 38 points in 64 games.
Berra awful in loss | 04/12/2014 5:29 AM
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Reto Berra let in two goals on only five shots in Colorado's 5-1 loss to San Jose Friday night.
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Impact
Colorado coach Patrick Roy's decision to start No. 3 goaltender Berra and rest Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere quickly backfired. The Sharks grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals by Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau, and Roy benched Berra for Giguere 10:11 into the game. Berra had started once since coming to Colorado in a March 5 trade from the Calgary Flames; he gave up five goals on 27 shots on March 19 in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Giguere stopped 22 of 24 shots. Colorado will play on Sunday against Anaheim and it it impossible to say who will start then for the Avalanche.
Bordeleau scores in loss | 04/12/2014 5:23 AM
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Patrick Bordeleau scored a lone goal in Colorado's 5-1 loss to San Jose Friday night.
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Impact
Bordeleau cut San Jose's lead to 2-1 with a goal at 15:18 of the second period and he also had 10 penalty minutes in the game. Bordeleau now has 10 points with 115 penalty minutes in 81 games this season. Max Talbot and Ryan O'Reilly assisted Bordeleau's goal.
Roy sticks with plan to start Reto Berra | 04/11/2014 4:07 PM
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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy will stick with his plan of starting Reto Berra on Friday.
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Impact
Colorado still has a chance to finish with the best record in the Western Conference, but Roy wants to give Berra some playing time. This will be Berra's second start since the Avalanche acquired him from Calgary. He has a 3.02 GAA and .894 save percentage in 30 games this season.
Tyson Barrie pots GWG against Vancouver | 04/11/2014 9:20 AM
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Tyson Barrie netted his fifth game-winning goal of the season Thursday night versus Vancouver.
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Impact
He has generated four goals and four assists in his past nine games. Barrie has 38 points and a plus-18 rating in 63 matches on the year.
Semyon Varlamov breaks Roy's win record | 04/11/2014 9:14 AM
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Semyon Varlamov broke Patrick Roy's single-reason win record for the Avalanche with his 41st victory Thursday night.
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Impact
Colorado's current bench boss had the previous record at 40, which he set during the 2000-01 campaign. "I'm excited about it, I'm not going to lie," he said. "I just want to say thanks to my team because without them, I can't break that record. It's a big deal for me."
Cody McLeod (ankle) very close to returning | 04/11/2014 8:56 AM
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Cody McLeod (ankle) skated with the team Thursday morning and he's expected to return soon.
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Impact
If he doesn't suit up against San Jose on Friday then coach Patrick Roy expects McLeod to be ready to play on Sunday in Anaheim. McLeod has missed four games already with an ankle injury.
P. A. Parenteau set to play Friday night | 04/11/2014 8:53 AM
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P. A. Parenteau (knee) is projected to return to the lineup on Friday.
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Impact
Coach Patrick Roy said before Thursday's win over Vancouver that Parenteau is ready to return against San Jose. He has missed the past 15 games with a sprained MCL.
Varlamov impressive in Avalanche win | 04/11/2014 4:38 AM
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Semyon Varlamov turned aside 38 of 40 shots in Colorado's 4-2 win over Vancouver Thursday night.
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Impact
Varlamov has now won seven of his last eight games for the Avalanche and his record now stands in 41-14-6. He also has a 2.41 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. Varlamov is one of the top candidates to win the Vezina trophy this year.
Stastny scores twice in win | 04/11/2014 4:34 AM
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Paul Stastny scored two goals in Colorado's 4-2 win over Vancouver Thursday evening.
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Impact
Stastny now has seven points in his last five games and 25 goals with 35 assists overall in 69 games this season. John Mitchell and defenseman Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche.
Semyon Varlamov set to start Thursday | 04/10/2014 12:06 PM
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Semyon Varlamov is slated to start Thursday's game against Vancouver.
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Impact
It might be his last outing before the playoffs unless Sunday's finale at Anaheim has playoff seeding implications.
Avs use Max Talbot in all 3 forward positions | 04/10/2014 12:03 PM
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Maxime Talbot has played at center and on both wings with the Avalanche.
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Impact
He's been playing on the ride side recently on the third line, but he prefers to play in the middle. "I feel like I'm more into the game at center," said Talbot. "It's more work, because you're skating more and you have more defensive responsibility. You usually have the middle of the ice, so you're telling yourself to get the puck and distribute it to the sides. Playing center, you feel like you touch the puck more. That's why I say it's a little more work, because you're always moving, whether it's in neutral-zone regroup or in D-zone." He has eight goals and 25 points in 78 games with Colorado and Philadelphia this season.
Ryan O'Reilly adds 2 assists Tuesday | 04/09/2014 9:31 AM
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Ryan O'Reilly collected a pair of assists in Tuesday's win against Edmonton.
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Impact
He had a hand in two third-period markers to extend his point streak to four games. O'Reilly has two goals and two assists during that span to give him a career high of 63 points in 77 games.
Nathan MacKinnon produces 2 assists Tuesday | 04/09/2014 9:29 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon contributed two assists in Colorado's 4-1 win over Edmonton on Tuesday night.
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Impact
The rookie forward has one goal and five assists in five games this month. MacKinnon still leads all first-year players in scoring with 24 goals and 62 points in 79 games this campaign.
Semyon Varlamov may start against Anaheim | 04/09/2014 9:23 AM
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Semyon Varlamov may get the nod for Colorado in Sunday's regular season finale after all.
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Impact
Coach Patrick Roy said he might change his mind about giving Varlamov that game off because it could have playoff-seeding implications. Colorado has a chance to win the Central Division.
Avs have been using Ryan Wilson up front | 04/09/2014 9:19 AM
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Ryan Wilson has dressed in Colorado's last three games.
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Impact
He was a healthy scratch for 17 consecutive matches before getting back into the lineup. The Avalanche have been using him as a forward on the fourth line of late because of injuries.
P. A. Parenteau on track to return Friday | 04/09/2014 9:16 AM
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P. A. Parenteau (knee) is slated to be ready to return for Friday's game in San Jose.
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Impact
He missed his 14th straight game Tuesday, but he skated hard in the morning and is very close to playing for the first time since Mar. 10.
Giguere solid in win | 04/09/2014 2:44 AM
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 22 of 23 shots in Colorado's 4-1 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.
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Impact
Giguere started his first game since Mar.18 against the Montreal Canadiens and he played a solid game. Giguere now has a 11-6-0 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy is resting Semyon Varlamov so Giguere could start another game later this week.
Johnson leads Avalanche past Oilers | 04/09/2014 2:38 AM
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Erik Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 4-1 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.
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Impact
Johnson now has nine goals and 29 assists in 77 games this season. Paul Stastny, Tyson Barrie and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, while rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly both added two helpers in the victory.
Semyon Varlamov set for some time off | 04/08/2014 9:33 AM
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Coach Patrick Roy plans to give Semyon Varlamov the last two games of the regular season off.
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Impact
That would put Reto Berra in goal against San Jose on Friday and Jean-Sebastien Giguere against Anaheim on Sunday. Giguere was also planned to start Tuesday's game in Edmonton, so Varlamov may face Vancouver on Thursday in his last game of the regular season.
Semyon Varlamov receives 2nd star of the week | 04/07/2014 4:28 PM
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Semyon Varlamov has been awarded with the second star of the week.
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Impact
He posted a 3-0-1 record with a 1.42 goals-against average and .950 save percentage for the surging Avalanche. Varalmov also got his second shutout of the season in a 31-save performance against St. Louis on Saturday. He leads the league with 40 wins this year.
Cory Sarich sits again Sunday with back issue | 04/07/2014 12:24 PM
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Cory Sarich sat for a third straight game Sunday because of a back injury.
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Impact
He has been credited with 107 hits and 66 blocked shots in 54 games this season to go with 10 points and a plus-7 rating. Sarich has averaged just over 17 minutes of ice time per game when he's been in the lineup. Consider him day-to-day.
Varlamov will start in goal Sunday as planned | 04/06/2014 12:43 PM
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Semyon Varlamov will start in goal Sunday against the Penguins as planned.
Left Wing Lock

Impact
He was busy stopping all 31 shots in a 4-0 win over the Blues Saturday night but will be back between the pipes Sunday. No rest for the terrific!
Reto Berra to play vs. San Jose next week | 04/04/2014 9:38 AM
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Reto Berra is projected to get the call for next Friday's game versus San Jose.
Denver Post

Impact
The Avalanche will be back in the playoffs this year, so Semyon Varlamov is scheduled to get some rest during the final stretch of the regular season. Berra has played just one other game with Colorado since being acquired from Calgary and it was a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Mar. 19.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere will face Edmonton | 04/04/2014 9:33 AM
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere will be in goal for Colorado next Tuesday against Edmonton.
Denver Post

Impact
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy plans to use his other netminders in the final week of the regular season to provide some days of rest for number one keeper Semyon Varlamov.
Varlamov helps Avalanche beat Rangers | 04/04/2014 1:28 AM
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Semyon Varlamov stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout Thursday to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Pepsi Center.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Varlamov made 29 saves in the game and he won his fifth straight game. He now has a 39-14-5 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He has been fantastic this season for the Avalanche.
Barrie scores in Avalanche win | 04/04/2014 1:23 AM
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Tyson Barrie, who tied the game with 51.4 seconds left in the third period, scored the lone goal in the tiebreaker with a shot over Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's right pad in the first round in Colorado's 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Barrie has been good lately with four points in his last five games. He now has 11 goals and 23 assists in 59 games this season. Defenseman Andre Benoit scored the other goal for the Avalanche.
Cody McLeod departs with leg injury | 04/03/2014 11:27 PM
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Cody McLeod departed with a left leg injury on Thursday night.
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Impact
McLeod crashed awkwardly into the boards after a hit. He played 8:06, with two penalty minutes and a shot on goal. The 29-year-old has 13 points and 120 penalty minutes this season.
Semyon Varlamov to play next 3 games | 04/03/2014 5:28 PM
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Semyon Varlamov will be in net for Thursday's game versus the New York Rangers.
Denver Post

Impact
Coach Patrick Roy said that Varlamov will also play Saturday and Sunday when the Avalanche play in St. Louis and against Pittsburgh, respectively. Varlamov will get some time off after that with Colorado's backup netminders, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Reto Berra getting a start each next week.
Paul Stastny is riding a 4-game point streak | 04/03/2014 11:46 AM
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Paul Stastny has picked up at least one point in each of his past four games.
Denver Post

Impact
He has one goal and four assists during that span. Stastny has been clicking with linemate Gabriel Landeskog down the home stretch, which is exactly what the Avalanche need with Matt Duchene sidelined with a knee injury.
Nate Guenin has rough night back in Columbus | 04/02/2014 12:01 PM
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Nate Guenin calls Columbus his home during the summer and he did the Blue Jackets a couple of favors on Tuesday night.
Denver Post

Impact
He committed a pair of turnovers that led to two goals in the second period for Columbus. However, the Avalanche were able to rally in the third and win the game in overtime. Guenin played four years at Ohio State University before beginning his professional career.
Colorado continues to sit D Ryan Wilson | 04/02/2014 11:56 AM
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Ryan Wilson was a healthy scratch for a 16th straight game on Tuesday.
Denver Post

Impact
He hasn't played since Feb. 26. In 22 games with the Avalanche this season, Wilson has five assists and a plus-4 rating.
Avs got a goal from Brad Malone on Tuesday | 04/02/2014 11:52 AM
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Brad Malone got his second goal of the season in Tuesday's overtime win over Columbus.
Denver Post

Impact
He got the Avalanche on the board in the third period after the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead into the final frame. Malone has four points in 25 NHL games this campaign. He has split time between Colorado and the minors in 2013-14.
Gabriel Landeskog scores two late to lift Avs | 04/01/2014 10:01 PM
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Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday night, shortly after notching the game-tying goal late in the third period to drive the Avs past Columbus 3-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Landeskog is hot as a pistol right now, with five goals and an assist in his past four games. The big 21 year-old has 26 goals and 63 points through 74 games this season. He is also a +21, and scored his fourth game winner of the season while notching his fifth power play point.
Semyon Varlamov will start vs. Bobrovsky | 04/01/2014 2:18 PM
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Semyon Varlamov will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It will be a match between Russian Olympic goalies as Colorado's opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, are scheduled to use Sergei Bobrovsky. Varlamov has a 2.49 GAA and .926 save percentage in 58 games this season.
John Mitchell to play with Stastny, Landeskog | 04/01/2014 8:54 AM
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As initially speculated, John Mitchell will get elevated into a top-six role with the Avalanche.
Denver Post

Impact
However, he will start out on the wing alongside Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog. He played between Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn when Matt Duchene was injured on Saturday, but that spot will be occupied by Nathan MacKinnon.
Avs will move Nathan MacKinnon back to center | 04/01/2014 8:49 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon will get moved back to center now that Matt Duchene is sidelined for the rest of the regular season.
Denver Post

Impact
Coach Patrick Roy said Monday that MacKinnon would be tried out between Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn. "Just to give us different options," Roy said. "You can't just go 'bang' in the playoffs and try that. It's good to try different things. Our situation in the standings allows us to do this." MacKinnon has played at center and on the wing during his rookie season. He still leads all first-year players with 23 goals and 56 points in 74 games.
P.A. Parenteau may return for season finale | 03/31/2014 6:39 PM
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Coach Patrick Roy is hoping to have P.A. Parenteau (knee) back for the final game of the regular season.
Denver Post

Impact
That would place in the lineup for a game against Anaheim on April 13th. Parenteau got back on the ice for a brief skate on Monday before practice.
John Mitchell may move into Avs' top-six | 03/31/2014 6:36 PM
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John Mitchell may move into a top-six role on the Avalanche with Matt Duchene injured.
Denver Post

Impact
He played between Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn on Saturday after Duchene got hurt. Colorado could also plug Nathan MacKinnon back into center. Mitchell has 10 goals and 28 points in 69 games this season.
Matt Duchene (knee) to miss 3-4 weeks | 03/31/2014 11:50 AM
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Matt Duchene (knee) is projected to miss three-to-four weeks with a knee injury.
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Impact
It's likely that he'll miss the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which would be a significant blow to the Colorado Avalanche. Duchene leads the team in scoring with 70 points, including 47 assists, in 71 games. He was injured in Saturday's game against San Jose when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn.
P. A. Parenteau (knee) skates Monday | 03/31/2014 11:36 AM
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P. A. Parenteau (knee) skated on his own before Monday's practice.
Denver Post

Impact
He took to the ice for about 15 minutes. He has been out of action with a sprained medial collateral ligament since Mar. 10, but he appears to be getting closer to making a return. Parenteau could be available to play before the end of the regular season.
Paul Stastny finds back of the net Saturday | 03/30/2014 9:56 AM
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Paul Stastny scored a goal in Colorado's 3-2 win over San Jose.
Denver Post

Impact
Stastny is on a three-game point streak. He now has 21 goals and 52 points in 63 contests this season.
Colorado awaits word on Matt Duchene's injury | 03/30/2014 9:54 AM
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Matt Duchene needs to undergo an MRI on his injured knee.
Denver Post

Impact
Duchene was hurt when he crashed into teammate Jamie McGinn in the opening minute of Saturday's game. He wasn't able to play after that happened. With so little time left in the 2013-14 campaign, it wouldn't take much for this to wipe out the rest of the regular season. The bigger concern for Colorado at this point is whether or not he'll be available for the start of the first round. The Avalanche will have their hands full with their probable opponents, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Avalanche will make the playoffs in 2014 | 03/30/2014 9:50 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche secured their postseason spot with a 3-2 win against San Jose on Saturday.
Denver Post

Impact
Colorado was one of the league's worst teams last season and entered the 2013-14 campaign with low expectations. That being said, rookie head coach Patrick Roy has really done a great job getting the most out of his players. Along with vice president Joe Sakic, their presence has quickly reversed the Avalanche's culture and confidence levels.
John Mitchell leads Avs over SJ in his return | 03/29/2014 6:27 PM
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John Mitchell scored the game-winning goal and added an assist for Colorado in Saturday's game against San Jose.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
His 10th goal of the year came during a second-period power play. Mitchell has 28 points in 69 games this season. He returned to Colorado's lineup on Saturday after missing four contests with a back injury. Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod had the team's other markers versus the Sharks.
Varlamov picks up league-leading 37th victory | 03/29/2014 6:23 PM
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Semyon Varlamov turned aside 47 shots in a 3-2 win over San Jose on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He has emerged victorious in each of his past three outings to give him a league-leading 37 wins on the year. Varlamov also improved his peripheral numbers to a .926 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA. He's likely to get consideration for the Vezina Trophy at the end of the year.
Matt Duchene suffers knee injury, leaves game | 03/29/2014 3:48 PM
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Matt Duchene suffered a knee injury in Saturday's game against San Jose.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
The Avalanche will need to re-evaluate him, but we know that he won't return to Saturday's contest. Duchene collided with teammate Jamie McGinn in the first period. This could be bad news for the Avalanche heading into the playoffs. Stay tuned.
Mitchell to play Saturday night v Sharks | 03/29/2014 12:28 PM
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John Mitchell will indeed suit up against San Jose Saturday night.
Denver Post

Impact
He had missed the Avs' last four games due to a back injury but seems good to go and will center the team's third line. Mitchell is a decent hockey player but he relly doesn't have any fantasy value.
Varlamov to start v Sharks Saturday night | 03/29/2014 12:19 PM
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Semyon Varlamov will be in goal when the Avalanche face the Sharks Saturday night.
Adrian Dater Twitter

Impact
He is coming off a 3-2 overtime win Thursday night against the Canucks and will be looking to imporve on his 36-15-5 record against a very tough San Jose squad.
Mitchell (back) will make his return Saturday | 03/28/2014 5:50 PM
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John Mitchell (back) is expected to return on Saturday.
Denver Post

Impact
Mitchell was sidelined for four consecutive contests. It's worth noting that even though he feels up to playing, his back still isn't 100%.
Matt Duchene hits 70 points for the 1st time | 03/28/2014 9:58 AM
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Matt Duchene notched a goal and an assist in Colorado's overtime win against Vancouver on Thursday night.
Denver Post

Impact
He recorded his 23rd goal of the season and he reached the 70-point mark for the first time in his NHL career. Duchene has been a point-per-game player for the resurgent Avs in 2013-14 and he's a big reason why the team is poised to secure a playoff spot.
Ryan O'Reilly has been a takeaway machine | 03/28/2014 9:40 AM
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Ryan O'Reilly has been credited with a league-leading 75 takeaways in 71 games this season.
Denver Post

Impact
It's remarkable that he's managed to accomplish that without taking a single penalty. O'Reilly still has no minutes in the sin bin to go along with 26 goals and 58 points.
Varlamov impressive in Avalanche win | 03/28/2014 3:32 AM
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Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 of 31 shots in Colorado's 3-2 overtime win past Vancouver Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Varlamov continued his excellent season he improved his record to 36-14-5. He also has a 2.50 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He is the projected starter for the Avanlanche on Saturday.
Barrie's OT goal lifts Avalanche past Canucks | 03/28/2014 3:28 AM
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Tyson Barrie scored a goal in Colorado's 3-2 win over Vancouver Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Barrie tipped Matt Duchene's pass over the shoulder of goalie Eddie Lack 55 seconds into the extra period for his third overtime goal this season and the fourth of his NHL career, a franchise record for a defenseman. Barrie now has 10 goals and 22 assists in 56 games this season. It has been a very good season for him. Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche.
Nathan MacKinnon has been durable for Avs | 03/27/2014 10:48 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon has displayed plenty of durability in his first season with the Avalanche.
Denver Post

Impact
He has suited up in all 72 games (knock on wood) with Colorado so far. "I always knew I could be pretty durable, but it's tough to play all 82," MacKinnon said. "I've been close in not playing a game this year. I've had some different things, but fortunately I've been able to play in every game. With 10 left, hopefully I can finish it off." With 23 goals and 55 points in 72 games, the rookie forward is widely believed to be the favorite for the Calder Trophy.
Semyon Varlamov will play Thursday, Saturday | 03/26/2014 6:51 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche plan on using Semyon Varlamov on Thursday and Saturday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Varlamov has a 2.51 GAA and .924 save percentage in 56 games in 2013-14. He allowed four goals on 33 shots in Colorado's 5-4 shootout win on Tuesday.
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