Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in the, 3-2, victory over the Flames on Saturday.
Insight: Varlamov actually had a rough third period after two great periods. He didn't allow a goal on 19 shots in the third two periods and then two goals on 12 shots in the final period. Varlamov has won five straight games, having given up just five goals in that stretch.
Description: Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist in the, 3-2, victory over the Flames on Saturday.
Insight: Tanguay helped Colorado earn a, 2-0, lead in the second period. Tanguay scored on the power play and then assisted Ryan O'Reilly's goal. Tanguay has 19 goals and 26 assists in 67 games this season.
Description: Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay scored a goal in the loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
Insight: Tanguay scored in the third period to cut Los Angeles' lead to, 4-2, but Jake Muzzin put the game pretty much out of reach with another goal for the Kings a minute and a half later. Tanguay has 18 goals and 25 assists in 65 games this season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in the, 3-2, victory over the Wild on Sunday. UPDATE: Varlamov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is Varlamov left in the third period with an undisclosed injury. Stay tuned for updates. Varlamov allowed a goal at 14:04 of the third period, which stopped his shutout streak at 124:19, which was the second longest of his career.
Description: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored in his third straight games as Colorado beat Minnesota, 3-2, on Sunday.
Insight: Landeskog had a goal and an assist in Sunday's victory. He has three goals and three assists in the last three games. Landeskog hasn't been great overall this season, 19 goals and 27 assists in 66 games, but at least he is turning it on to help fantasy owners right now.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon a goal during Tuesday's loss against the Predators.
Insight: He also had two shots and a minus-one rating on the night. MacKinnon now has 13 goals and 37 points through 61 games, which is definitely a disappointment for owners. John Mitchell also scored for Colorado.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a hat trick in the, 5-4, victory over the Lightning on Sunday.
Insight: MacKinnon scored a goal in the first period and then two more in the second period. He scored the hat trick on three shots. MacKinnon, however, has been overall disappointing this season with just 12 goals and 24 assists in 60 games this season.
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist on Sunday versus the Jets.
Insight: Duchene helped Colorado rally as he scored and assisted another goal in the third period, but the rally fell short as the Avalanche lost to the Jets, 5-3. Duchene has 14 goals and 19 assists in 54 games this season.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists versus the Predators on Friday.
Insight: McKinnon assisted Maxime Talbot's goal in the first period and then Jarome Iginla's score in the third. Colorado won, 3-0. McKinnon has been disappointing this season with nine goals and 20 assists in 50 games this season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in the, 4-2, victory over the Panthers on Thursday.
Insight: Varlamov allowed two goals to win his 11th game of the season. He doesn't have a great record, 11-9-5, or a good GAA, 2.74 heading into Thursday, but Varlamov had a very respectable .921 before taking the ice versus the Panthers. He has also won five of seven this month.
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored a goal and an assist on Saturday.
Insight: Duchene again led the Avalanche to a victory with an assist on the team's first goal and by scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the third period. Duchene has 11 goals and 15 assists in 42 games this season.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's, 2-0, victory over the Blackhawks.
Insight: MacKinnon scored just 53 seconds into the game, and then assisted Maxime Talbot's score only 24 seconds later. That was all Colorado would need as Sergei Varlamov was terrific. MacKinnon has seven goals and 17 assists in what has been a very disappointing second season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov had an incredible fantasy night on Tuesday.
Insight: Not only did Varlamov pickup a shutout over one of the hottest teams in the league, he turned aside 54 shots from the Blackhawks. It was much needed because Varlamov has been disappointing with a 8-8-5 record, 2.79 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal on Saturday.
Insight: MacKinnon has not lived up to his hype this season. In his second season, the 19-year-old has six goals and 16 assists in 35 games. He also has a minus-nine rating. Hopefully he can turn it around soon.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard had a tremendous game on Thursday, but it still wasn't enough.
Insight: Pickard made 47 saves and helped the Avalanche force overtime in Pittsburgh. The Penguins were knocking on the doorstep for most of the third period and finally broke through in overtime. Pickard is 4-6-1 this season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played very well in place of the injured Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday.
Insight: Pickard, however, still lost as Predators goalie and top Vezina trophy candidate Pekka Rinne posted a shutout. Pickard allowed on goal on 34 shots. Nashville won, 3-0, as they added two empty-net goals in the final two minutes. Pickard is worth adding in standard leagues.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with another groin injury and is out.
Insight: Varlamov has played 15 games this season, going 4-6-5 with a 3.22 GAA and .909 save percentage. Backup Reto Berra should get plenty of work and expect Calvin Pickard to return to the big club.
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored his team's only goals in Friday's loss.
Insight: Iginla scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season, but Colorado lost to Winnipeg, 6-2. Iginla was minus-two despite the two goals. He has 11 assists to go with the six goals in 27 games this season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played well again on Saturday.
Insight: Pickard made 22 saves on 24 shots to post a .917 save percentage, which is actually his lowest this month. Since taking over the starting role when Semyon Varlamov went down with an injury, Pickard is 3-1-0 with a .955 save percentage and a 1.41 GAA.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Does this sound familiar? This is the second time in four days that Berra was awful to start a game, and Pickard came on to lead Colorado to victory. Berra allowed three goals on eight shots while Pickard did not yield a single goal on 25 shots. Pickard is the goalie to own until Semyon Varlamov returns.
Description: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to rally Colorado from three goals behind and beat the Coyotes, 4-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: Landeskog scored towards the beginning of the second period to jump start the Avalanche. He scored again less than two minutes into the third period, and Matt Duchene tied the game minutes later. Colorado won in overtime on Daniel Briere's goal. Landeskog has six goals and six assists this season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Saturday versus Carolina.
Insight: Berra allowed three goals on 10 shots, before being lifted for Pickard. It was a good move by coach Patrick Roy, as Pickard stopped all 17 shots on goal, to pick up his first win of the season. Owners should leave him on the waiver wire, but it was a nice win nevertheless.
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla had a solid game during Saturday's victory over the Hurricanes.
Insight: He had one goal and one assist, along with two shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Owners are hoping this game gets Iginla going, because he has just three goals and 12 points through 21 games. We expect him to get on a hot streak rather soon.
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored a goal and finished plus-one on Saturday.
Insight: Duchene has six goals and seven assists with a minus-one rating this season. Colorado won, 3-2, on Saturday for its second straight game, so perhaps the Avalanche get rolling now. They have struggled out of the gate.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov continues to struggle this season.
Insight: Ranked one of the top 10 goalies prior to fantasy drafts, Varlamov has been a big disappointment. He is 2-5-4 this season and has not won since Oct. 30. Ironically, that was a 5-0 victory over the Islanders. New York shut out the Avalanche in the rematch on Tuesday, 6-0.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 49 saves against the Sharks on Tuesday but lost.
Insight: Varlamov and the Avalanche were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Logan Couture scored in the third period to tie the game. The Sharks won in a shoot out, 3-2. Despite the loss, Varlamov posted a .961 save percentage.
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored two goals on Friday against the Canucks.
Insight: Iginla had been held scoreless for the season until Friday. He scored early in the first period and then added a seventh Colorado goal with less than a minute left in the game. In addition to two goals, Iginla had an assist, plus-three rating and five shots on goal.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been activated from the IR and is ready to play Friday against the Canucks according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Colorado is off to a really slow start and Varlamov's performance is part of that. He is 0-2-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 3.80 GAA. His numbers can do nothing but go up, though, there are doubts are to whether he can repeat his stellar numbers from last season.
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is still looking for his first goal of the season.
Insight: He assisted on Alex Tanguay's third goal of the season, but has been unable to light the lamp as a member of Colorado. Iginla has four assists now, and owners should not panic yet, as he is bound to start putting the puck in the back of the net soon.
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the season, but Colorado ultimately lost to Montreal, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Duchene scored a tip-in goal off a Jarome Iginla shot at the 17:29 mark of the third period. The goal cut the Montreal lead to just one, but Colorado could not muster another score. With the loss, the Avalance dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Description: Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard will start in goal against the Canadiens on Saturday evening.
Insight: Both Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra are banged up, paving the way for Pickard to get the nod. However, Pickard will likely not see many more starts after this one, meaning he can be left on waivers.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision, according to a Denver Post report. UPDATE: Varlamov has been placed on injured reserve, and should be considered day-to-day.
Insight: Coach Patrick Roy will likely error on the side of caution. Backup goalie Reto Berra was excellent Monday stopping 27-of-28 shots and is a viable option for fantasy owners.
Description: Avalanche winger Daniel Briere scored his 300th goal with less than a second remaining to lift Colorado, 2-1, over Boston on Monday.
Insight: Briere scored with 0.5 seconds left in the third period. It was nice to finally see Colorado score some goals as Minnesota shut them out twice to start the season. Jamie McGinn had the other Avalanche goal. Briere was plus-one with four shots on goal.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will start on Saturday against the Wild.
Insight: Coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov in the season opener against the Wild on Thursday after he allowed five goals in the first two periods. Although Varlamov did not play well, the entire team did not perform. Look for a bounce back game from Varlamov.
Description: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is shuffling his top two lines for the Saturday night rematch against the Wild.
Insight: Colorado opened the season against Minnesota and lost 5-0, so Roy wants to shakes things up. Matt Duchene will move up to the top line to play with Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla while Gabriel Landeskog will move down to the second line to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay. All six forwards are very good, so for fantasy purposes, it really doesn't matter where Roy places there guys.
Description: Avalanche winger Daniel Briere is not expected to make much of an impact in his new home.
Insight: He was almost non-existent during his only season in Montreal (25 points in 69 games), but is hoping a change of scenery will do the trick. Briere is 36-years-old, but hockey is a sport where players can produce well into their thirties. Do not expect much, but if he can get it going on the power play early in the season, Briere could push for 50 points in 2014-15.
Description: Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay a bit of a wild-card heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He was limited to only 16 games a season ago, after having to undergo knee surgery. However, if healthy, Tanguay should be able to produce around 50 points, with 60 points not being out of reach. He will most likely go undrafted, but owners should not forget his name, as a potential waiver pickup.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not disappoint during his rookie campaign.
Insight: He won Rookie of the Year honors, after compiling 24 goals, 39 assists, and a +20 rating in 82 games. The sky seems to be the limit for MacKinnon, so dont be surprised if he is around the 80-point mark this season. He is valued as a third round selection, but it is not ridiculous to take him in the second.
Description: Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly is yet another member of the team coming off a career-best season.
Insight: The 23-year-old had 28 goals and 36 assists for a career-high 64 points. O'Reilly will have the privilege to play alongside Nathan Mackinnon, and as a result will have a tremendous opportunity to improve on his impressive numbers from 2013-14.
Description: Colorado right wing Jarome Iginla should be able to continue his consistent production.
Insight: This guy is a point-scoring machine, and now playing with a young crew in Colorado, Iginla should benefit from the youth around him. He had impressive numbers all around last year in Boston (30 goals, 31 assists, +34 rating), and should have no issue at least duplicating those numbers with the Avalanche. Iginla is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection.
Description: Avalanche center Matt Duchene should be in line for another big season.
Insight: He had a career-high 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 71 games last year, and will be centering Colorado's top line in 2014-15. Duchene's assists number could continue to rise with newcomer Jarome Iginla now playing on his right wing. Owners could do a lot worse if they decide to draft Duchene within the first five or six rounds.
Description: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog should be drafted early in fantasy drafts.
Insight: He is only 22-years-old and is coming a career-best year, with 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists) and a +21 rating. It is not too early to start thinking about selecting Landeskog during the fifth round, as he should continue to improve. Landeskog begins the year playing on Colorado's top line, which only enhances his value.
Description: After one season in Boston, Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche.
Insight: Iginla, who had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games last season, will provide a veteran presence on a team flush with young forwards. Paul Statsny signed with the Blues on Tuesday, but Iginla will still get a chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene.
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is your 2013-14 NHL Rookie of the Year.
Insight: The first pick in last year's draft didn't disappoint in his rookie season. In 82 games, MacKinnon produced 24 goals, 39 assists and a +20 rating while providing five game-winning goals. The 18-year-old from Nova Scotia has an extremely bright future in Colorado.
Description: The Avalanche are taking a "serious look" at playing center Matt Duchene Monday in Game 6. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: Duchene's recovery from a sprained MCL is all but complete. He was at the team's morning skate yesterday and is now questionable for Game 6. Duchene, Colorado's leading scorer during the regular season, hasn't played in a game since March 29th.
Description: Colorado center Matt Duchene won't be able to play Saturday against Minnesota. SOURCE: Adrian Dater, Denver Post
Insight: Duchene was at the team's morning skate today but he's still not ready for game action. He sprained his MCL a little over a month ago and should be available if the team advances to round two.
Description: Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: The supposedly reformed Matt Cooke of Minnesota took out Barrie with a knee-to-knee hit during Monday's playoff game. Barrie registered 38 points during the regular season, 13th-most among Western Conference defensemen.
Description: Avs center Matt Duchene skated on Monday. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: It's the first time he's been able to do that since spraining his MCL last month. Duchene (23 goals, 47 assists) seems to be making progress but he's still a long shot to play against Minnesota in the first round.
Description: Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov shut out the Blues Saturday.
Insight: Varlamov allowed two goals in each of his previous four starts and made 31 saves for the shutout Saturday. The 25-year-old has had the best season of his career, winning 40 games with a 2.42 GAA and a .927 SV%.
Description: Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon had two points Saturday to reach 60 for the season.
Insight: MacKinnon is one of two rookies (Jeff Skinner was the other) over the last six seasons to hit the 60-point mark. He has scored 24 goals and assisted on 36 others. The 18-year-old also has a +22 rating and 219 SOG in 77 games.
Description: Colorado winger Cody McLeod is doubtful for Saturday's game against St. Louis while dealing with a sprained left ankle/knee.
Insight: McLeod's value to fantasy owners is exclusively due to his ability to rack up penalty minutes. While he's averaged just 13 points per season over the last five campaigns, he's put up an average of 154 minutes in penalties. He has 13 points and 122 PIM this season.
Description: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals Tuesday at Columbus.
Insight: The Avs lost Matt Duchene for three weeks, so they'll need to get more from their other top forwards. Landeskog, Colorado's 21-year-old captain, has been giving a lot already, contributing seven goals and four assists over his last nine games.
Description: Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson missed the morning skate with flu-like symptoms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Canucks, according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.
Insight: Johnson has registered the second-highest point total of his career this season with 34 points (eight goals) in 70 games. He also has 55 PIM and 131 SOG.