Pickard allowed five goals on 33 shots in Colorado’s loss in Brooklyn on Sunday. Jeremy Smith started on Tuesday, so Pickard will go tonight in Buffalo. Pickard has lost three in a row while posting a 3.73 GAA and .879 SV%. He has yet to face the Sabres, but has gone 5-9-0 with a 3.07 GAA and .906 SV% on the road this season.
Smith will make his first career start Tuesday in New Jersey.
Smith, 27, was a second round pick (No.54 overall) back in 2007 and tonight he’ll make his long-awaited NHL debut. Smith played in Milwaukee, Springfield, Providence and Iowa before going to the Avalanche and San Antonio (AHL) this season. He was 5-8-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .911 SV% with the Rampage and is risky option tonight
The Avalanche have sent Eric Gelinas to San Antonio (AHL).
Gelinas cleared waivers last week but wasn’t sent down right away. Gelinas was a healthy scratch for the last two games and heads to San Antonio for the first time. During his last AHL stint, Gelinas had five points (1G / 4A) in 13 games with Albany in 2013-14.
The Avalanche have recalled Jeremy Smith from San Antonio (AHL).
Smith will come up and serve as Calvin Pickard’s backup after going 5-8-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .911 SV%. This move is likely more about getting Spencer Martin games while Pickard is playing well then wanting to call-up Smith.
The Avalanche sent Spencer Martin to San Antonio (AHL).
Calvin Pickard has played well recently, so the Avalanche likely want to allow Martin to get some games in with San Antonio while Pickard starts with the big club. He has swapped places with Jeremy Smith and goes to the Rampage with a 15-10-0 record, 2.72 GAA and .912 SV% in 28 games.