Berra (neck) will return to the Avalanche crease on Tuesday.
Berra stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 win over the Bruins in his first start of the season. Berra has stopped 37 of 38 shots on the season (.974 SV%) and gets a beauty of a matchup tonight vs. the NHL's lowest scoring team. The Panthers have just five goals in five games.
Berra will start Tuesday if he feels as good as he did Monday.
Berra reportedly had a good day on Monday and head coach Patrick Roy says he will return from his neck injury tomorrow if he is as healthy as he was today. Semyon Varlamov is also making progress and will be in goal on Friday.
Pickard will make his first NHL start on Saturday.
With Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra both dealing with injuries, Pickard will make his first NHL start tonight. He allowed four goals on 27 shots in a relief effort loss to the Senators on Thursday. He is good young goaltender, but is not a great fantasy option tonight vs. the Habs.
Berra (lower-body) will be evaluated on Saturday and then the Avalanche will decide whether or not he can start.
If Berra can not start on Saturday, the Avalanche will turn to Calvin Pickard to make his first NHL start. The original belief was that Berra's injury was serious, but since he has not been ruled out for tomorrow, it looks like the Avalanche have caught a break.
The Avalanche have sent Dennis Everberg to Lake Erie (AHL).
The Avalanche had to make a roster move with Reto Berra going down with an injury last night. Everberg has been a nice find for the Avs after coming over from Sweden this offseason. He is not cut out for a fourth line role and he is on a two-way contract, so he is the one who gets sent down. Expect to see him back with the big club this season.
The Avalanche have recalled Sam Aittokallio from Lake Erie (AHL).
Semyon Varlamov was placed on IR prior to last night's game and Reto Berra was injured in the game, so Aittokallio has been recalled to serve as the Avs' second netminder alongside Calvin Pickard. The 22-year-old netminder mdae one start with the Avalanche last season and went 15-15-3 with a 2.65 GAA and .909 SV% with Lake Erie.
Berra left Thursday's game with an apparent injury and did not return.
After the game, the Avalanche had no update on Berra, but did recall Sami Aittokallio from Lake Erie, which suggests Berra's injury is not a minor one. The Avs placed starter Semyon Varlamov on IR earlier in the day, so things have gone from bad to worse in Colorado. They will roll with a duo of Calvin Pickard and Aittokallio for at least a week until Varlamov can return.
The Avalanche have recalled Calvin Pickard from Lake Erie (AHL).
Pickard, 22, was the Avs second round pick (49th overall) in 2010. He has never made and NHL appearance but has 94 games of AHL experience. He is 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .952 SV% in two starts with Lake Erie this season.
Berra will start in goal for the Avalanche on Thursday.
Berra allowed one goal on 28 shots in a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Monday. It was a nice outing for Berra who also stopped all 10 shots he faced after replacing Semyon Varlamov in the season opener. He will be the Avs starter for the next week with Varly sidelined with a groin injury. He draws a solid matchup tonight in Ottawa.
The Avalanche have placed Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve.
Varlamov participated in the morning skate Thursday and was the scheduled starter. He likely injured his groin at the very end of practice, or tweaked after injuring it in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Toronto. The Avs said Varlamov (0-2-1) should be available Oct. 24 against Vancouver. As a result of the injury, Reto Berra will start tonight and Calvin Pickard has been recalled.
Berra might get the start tonight because Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a slight groin strain.
It was originally reported that Varlamov was the first off at the morning skate and that he would be the Avalanche starter tonight. However, following the skate head coach Patrick Roy announced that Varly is dealing with a slight groin strain and is a game-time decision. He said Berra "might" start, so it won't be clear who will be in the crease until warmups.
Mitchell (concussion-like symptoms) will make his season debut on Thursday.
Mitchell has not played in an NHL game since April 10th due to concussion-like symptoms, but he will centre the Avalanche fourth line tonight in Ottawa. The Avs will ease him back him, but the idea is that he will eventually be back in his usual spot as the third line pivot.
Varlamov (groin) has been downgraded to probable because he is game-time decision.
Varlamov was originally expected to start, but head coach Patrick Roy called him a game-time decision because he is battling a groin injury. If he is unable to go, Reto Berra will draw the start. Stay tuned.
Varlamov allowed two goals on 33 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Wild on Saturday. Overall he allowed seven goals on 71 shots (.901 SV%) in the home-and-home series while the Avalanche scored zero goals. On Tuesday, he takes on a Leafs team coming off of a big win over the Rangers on Sunday.