Jan Hejda is heading home, to Denver, to see the team doctor about his right knee, coach Patrick Roy said.
Hejda’s first-period collision in the corner didn’t look good, and obviously sending him home to Denver is not a good sign for the big veteran D who is having a real good year. Hejda joins Ryan Wilson as Avalanche D-men on the shelf right now. Expect Cory Sarich to slide back into the lineup tonight and for Colorado to make a roster move.
Giguere stopped 27 of 28 shots in a win over the WIld on Friday. It was a nice bounce-back outing after giving up five goals in his previous start. Giguere is clearly the number-2 in Colorado but is always a strong spot-start option as he is currently holding a 1.62 GAA and .949 SV% in seven starts. Giggy should be a strong play tonight after the Avs were walloped yesterday and take on the Flames tonight.
Varlamov is not practicing today (maintenance). Will practice tomorrow and start Thursday in Edmonton.
After appearing in court yesterday, Varlamov will be able to travel with the team and play until his next court date which is set to be January 23. Great news for the Avalanche and Varlamov owners, because he continues to play at a high level. He stopped 35 of 37 shots in a win over the Wild on Saturday. He has a solid matchup in Edmonton on Thursday.
Varlamov gave up three goals on 34 shots in a loss to the Blues on Wednesday. Varlamov looked solid in the final 40 minutes after giving up three goals in the first period. Tonight he faces a Wild team who have scored just two goals in their last three games.
Duchene (oblique) is a game-time decision tonight .
It seems unlikely that Duchene will return tonight, but the status of "game-time decision" leaves the door open for him to improve as the day goes on. If he does not play it will be the fourth straight game that he will miss, but Friday seems like a definite possibility at this point. Monitor his status during pre-game warm-ups.
Duchene (oblique) was a full participant in Colorado's practice today, but remains doubtful to play Wednesday.
Duchene appears set to miss his fourth straight game with an oblique injury that he suffered on November 16. Monitor his status following Wednesday's morning skate in case his oblique drastically improves overnight, but it appears like Friday at Minnesota is a more likely return date.
Giguere had his first tough outing of the year, allowing five goals on 23 shots in a loss to the Blues on November 14. He is 5-1-0 with a 1.73 GAA and .947 SV% with a fairly tough matchup on Friday vs. the WIld.
Varlamov posted a 19-save shutout against the Kings on Saturday. It was his third consecutive win and 12th of the season. Varlamov continues to play well despite his legal troubles, but he has a tough matchup on Wednesday vs. St. Louis.
Duchene (oblique) skated with the Avalanche today.
Duchene was on the ice in a non-contact jersey with the team today, but skated on his own. Duchene was only expected to miss a week so there is a chance he could play on Wednesday vs. St. Louis. He will need to shed the non-contact jersey and be a full participant in Tuesday's or Wednesday's practice if he is going to play.
Despite being formally charge with one count of third-degree assault on Friday, Varlamov will be in goal tonight vs. the Kings. He stopped 41 of 44 shots in an overtime win over the Coyotes on Thursday. It will be his first start against the Kings this season.
Varlamov regained his form on Tuesday, stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 5-1 win over Chicago. The Avalanche got him out to an early 3-0 lead and he was able to coast to the finish. His three straight losses prior to Tuesday proved to us why he has a career .914 SV% and that he won't maintain a SV% above .930 all season. However he is on a good team, and .914 is not so bad, he remains a solid number-1 fantasy option.