Varlamov stopped 49 of 51 shots in the Avalanche's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Despite averaging 33.8 saves and posting a .933 SV% in his last five starts Varlamov is 1-1-3 over that stretch. Besides a seven goal explosion vs. the Canucks, the Avs have not scored in front of Varly so far, but that could change tonight against an Isles team averaging 3.44 goals against per game.
The Avalanche have recalled Dennis Everberg from Lake Erie (AHL).
Everberg, 22, had a great camp with the Avalanche and looked strong in the first five games of his NHL career, but was sent back to the minors where he recorded two goals and one assist in five games. He is now back with the Avalanche and will try and crack the lineup on Thursday.
Varlamov allowed two goals on 28 shots in a OT loss to the Jets on Sunday. Since returning from an upper-body injury, Varlamov has gone 1-0-1 while allowing five goals on 57 shots (.912 SV%). Despite an offensive explosion against the Canucks on Friday, the Avalanche are having a hard time scoring goals to start the year. They sit 26th in the NHL with 2.22 goals per game.
Johnson left Sunday's game in the third period and did not return, but he was on the ice on Monday and will be in the lineup on Tuesday. This is good news for the Avalanche as their captain is showing no ill-effects of the injury he sustained last night. He has one goal and two assists in nine games this season.
Winchester (concussion) could make his season debut on Tuesday.
Winchester, who has not yet played yet this season after suffering a concussion in the preseason, appears poised to play Tuesday against the visiting San Jose Sharks. Winchester did not practice in a red jersey Monday, a good sign he is 100 percent
Varlamov allowed three goals on 29 shots in a win over the Canucks in his return to the crease on Friday. The W was his first of the season and their should be many more to come. The Avalanche finally found their offence, putting seven on the board on Friday and it should continue today in Winnipeg.
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.
Varlamov missed three games with a groin injury, but he will be back between the pipes tonight against the Canucks. Varly has yet to record a win, while posting a 3.80 GAA and .910 SV% in his first three starts. Tonight he faces a Vancouver team coming off of a 4-1 win over the Blues last night.
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.