Bourque suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Thursday’s game and will be held out of the lineup in San Jose tonight. With Bourque day-to-day, Joe Colborne will draw back into the lineup tonight.
Barrie (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Barrie was a late scratch prior to Thursday’s game in Anaheim and was listed as day-to-day, but they’ve now upgraded him to game-time decision. Barrie’s status likely won’t be known until pregame warmups at 10:00 pm ET.
Martin will make his first career NHL start on Saturday.
Martin, 21, was a third round pick (No.63 overall) in 2013 and will make his NHL debut tonight in San Jose. Martin comes to the NHL after going 15-9-0 with a 2.62 GAA and .915 SV% in 27 games with San Antonio (AHL) this season, but will be a risky spot-start tonight.
Pickard allowed one goal on 36 shots in Colorado’s win over the Islanders on December 6th. Semyon Varlamov started the last three games, but will be shut down through the All Star break, so Pickard gets the nod Thursday in Anaheim. Tonight the will face a Ducks team that has won four of their last five (4-0-1) and sit at the top of the Pacific Division.
The Avalanche have recalled Spencer Martin from San Antonio (AHL).
Martin, 21, has gone 15-9-0 with a 2.62 GAA and .915 SV% in 27 games with the Rampage this season. He has spent a lot of time with the Avalanche, but has never appeared in an NHL game. With Semyon Varlamov out through the All-Star break, Martin is expected to see some playing time this time around.
Varlamov (groin) will be shut down until after the All-Star break.
Varlamov continues to battle a groin injury and will miss at least the next four games as he is shut down until after the break. With Varlamov out, Calvin Pickard will start on Thursday and Spencer Martin has been recalled to serve as their No.2.
Varlamov allowed three goals on 32 shots in Colorado’s loss to the Predators on Saturday. Varlamov has lost his first two starts since returning to the crease, while allowing a combined six goals on 63 shots (.905 SV%). Varly is 3-9-0 with a 3.19 AGA ad .903 SV% on home ice and allowed four goals on 21 shots in a 4-0 loss in his first start vs. Chicago.
Varlamov served as Calvin Pickard’s backup last Friday, but tonight he makes his first start since January 22nd. Varlamov has struggled mightily this season, going 6-14-0 with a 3.33 GAA and .901 SV% in 21 games. The Avalanche are a terrible team, which is going to limit his upside in the second half.