Gelinas sat as a healthy scratch for the first four games of the season, but will replace Fedor Tyutin (groin) tonight in Florida. Gleans had no points in six games with the Avalanche last year, but had six points (1G / 5A) in 34 games with New Jersey before the trade.
Varlamov stopped all 27 shots that he faced in Colorado’s shutout win in Tampa Bay on Thursday. It was an excellent performance from the Russian netminder, who is now 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .916 SV% in three games this season. A tough matchup on Thursday didn’t seem to matter, but he draws another difficult matchup tonight in Florida. The Panthers are 2-1-1 and are averaging 2.75 goals per game.
Bourque has one assist in three games with the Avalanche, but will not play on Thursday due to a groin injury. With Bourque out, Ben Smith will re-enter the Avalanche lineup after sitting as a healthy scratch on Tuesday.
Varlamov allowed three goals on 40 shots in Colorado’s loss in Washington on Tuesday. Varlamov has allowed a combined eight goals on 68 shots (.882 SV%) in his first two starts of the season and draws another tough matchup tonight in Tampa Bay. The Lightning are off to a 3-0-0 start to the season and are averaging an impressive 4.33 goals for per game.
Mitchell (hip) will not travel to Pittsburgh for Monday’s game.
Mitchell was expected to be in the Avs’ lineup in their season opener on Saturday, but was a late scratch will likely miss at least the next two games. Colorado has a back-to-back in Pittsburgh and Washington on Monday and Tuesday, so don’t look for Mitchell in either contest.
Varlamov allowed five goals on 28 shots in Colorado’s win over the Stars on Saturday. Calvin Pickard got the nod last night, but they will come back to Varlamov tonight in Washington. The Avalanche are off to a 2-0-0 start to the season, but draw a tough matchup on the tail-end of a back-to-back. Varlamov was 13-10-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .923 SV% on the road a season ago.
Semyon Varlamov started Colorado’s season opener on Saturday, but they will turn to Pickard tonight in the first game of a back-to-back set. Pickard was 7-6-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .922 SV% in 13 starts and seven relief appearances last year. The 24-year-old will be a strong spot-start option throughout the season, but is a risky option tonight in Pittsburgh.
Rantanen (ankle) is expected to be sent to San Antonio (AHL).
Rantanen battled an ankle injury throughout the preseason and is expected to go back to the AHL, as basically a conditioning stint, before he will likely return to the Avalanche when he’s back up to speed. The 19-year-old had 60 points (24G / 36A) in 52 games with San Antonio last season.
Varalamov will start the Avalanche season opener on Saturday.
Varlamov will start Colorado’s season opener and he is hoping their coaching change will help him. Over the last three years, Varlamov has faced a ridiculous 5,518 shots (most in the NHL), which has made things really tough on him. He has the ability to be a No.1 fantasy netminder, if the Avalanche improve in front of him. Last year he was 27-25-3 with a 2.81 GAA and .914 SV%—expect better numbers across the board this year.
The Avalanche have sent Mike Sislo to San Antonio (AHL).
Sislo is no stranger to the AHL after spending the majority of the last three seasons in Albany. In 2015-16 he had 53 points (27G / 26A) in 57 AHL games, only to score three goals with one assist in 18 games with the Devils.He will likely be one of the first forwards that the Avalanche recall.
The Avalanche have signed Gabriel Bourque to a one-year deal.
Bourque, 26, has spent his entire career in Nashville, picking up just 78 points (31G / 47A) in 242 career games. However, he was let go by the Predators this summer and has made the Avalanche out of training camp after being brought in on a professional tryout.
The Avalanche have signed Rene Bourque to a one-year deal.
Bourque only appeared in 49 games with the Blue Jackets last season, picking up just eight points (3G / 5A). The 34-year-old winger makes the Avalanche opening night roster after being invited into training camp on a professional tryout.
Rantanen (ankle) returned to practice on Saturday.
Rantanen returned in a no-contact jersey, but it was his first practice session since he suffered an ankle injury in a rookie showcase back on September 17th. Rantanen is expected to have a secured spot with the Avalanche this season and is targeting a return for their season opener next Saturday.
The Avalanche inked Tyson Barrie to a four-year $22 million extension ($5.5M AAV).
Coming off of a career-high 53 points in 2014-15, Barrie approached 50 points again in 2015-16, registering 49 points (13G / 36A) in 78 games. His 49 points were good for 11th among defensemen. Barrie will be among the top-15 fantasy defensemen again in 2016-17.