Mitchell (leg) is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Mitchell has missed the last three games with a leg injury that he suffered last Thursday. He was on the ice for Avalanche practice on Friday and Paul Carey was sent back to the AHL, both signs that Mitchell should be back tomorrow vs. Dallas.
Johnson missed Wednesday’s game with a head injury, but he has back on the ice for Avs’ practice on Friday and should play tomorrow. Karl Stollery, Johnson’s replacement on Wednesday was sent back to the AHL which is another indicator that he will play tomorrow vs. Dallas.
The Avalanche have placed Semyon Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve.
Varlamov’s designation on IR is retroactive to November 15th, which means he is eligible to be activated whenever he is healthy. They moved him to IR so they could recall Karl Stollery from Lake Erie without having to send anyone down.
Johnson (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Johnson was injured in Tuesday’s game but was able to finish the game. The Avalanche are likely following concussion protocol with Johnson, so Karl Stollery has been recalled to play in Johnson is unable to go.
The Avalanche have recalled Karl Stollery from Lake Erie (AHL).
Stollery, 27, has been recalled because Erik Johnson (undisclosed) is listed as a game-time decision tonight. Stollery has three goals and four assists in 16 games with Lake Erie. He has just two games of NHL experience.
Pickard stopped all 25 shots he faced after replacing Reto Berra in the Avs’ come-from-behind win over the Coyotes last night. He has won the first two games of his career in relief efforts—stopping all 42 shots. He has earned the start tonight, but draws a tough matchup vs. the Blackhawks.
Tanguay will miss his second consecutive game Tuesday night with a facial fracture. He participated in the morning skate but will not play against the Arizona Coyotes. Avs coach Patrick Roy said Tanguay is still feeling pain on the side of his head and has had blurred vision.
Tanguay was cleared by doctors to return to the Avalanche lineup on Tuesday vs. Arizona. He missed Saturday’s game after being hit in the face by an Alexander Ovechkin slapshot on Thursday night. Tanguay has 11 points (7G / 4A) in 20 games.
Berra was pulled after he allowed three goals on 10 shots in Saturday’s come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes. He has won once in his last four outings with a 3.95 GAA and .867 SV%, but draws a nice spot-start matchup vs. the Coyotes.
Mitchell suffered an apparent leg injury during Friday’s practice and will not play on Saturday vs. the Hurricanes. The Avalanche are severely banged up right now and that will push Daniel Briere into the top-6.
The Avalanche have recalled Tomas Vincour from Lake Erie (AHL).
With injuries to Dennis Everberg, Alex Tanguay and Jamie McGinn, the Avalanche recalled three forwards on Friday. Vincour, 24, has one goal and one assist in three games with Lake Erie this season. He spent the majority of last season in the KHL, but has the most NHL experience of any of the call-ups; he has 16 points (7G / 9A) in 88 career NHL games (all with Dallas).