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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
28-13-9 65
31-18-1 63
26-17-4 56
26-18-3 55
24-18-6 54
23-23-3 49
16-28-5 37
15-28-4 34

Top Avalanche News

  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Questionable Saturday

    Nichushkin (upper body) is questionable for Saturday's game against St. Louis, per Ryan Boulding of NHL.com.

    Nichushkin didn't play Thursday against Anaheim because of the injury. He has eight goals and 18 points in 20 contests this season. Denis Malgin drew into the lineup Thursday, and he might play again Saturday if Nichushkin doesn't return.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Makes Colorado debut

    Nieto had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes over 13:51 of ice time in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Nieto played his first game for the Avalanche since being acquired from San Jose on Wednesday. He skated on the second line with J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen, filling in for an injured Valeri Nichushkin (upper body). Nieto is expected to eventually serve in a bottom-six role and as a regular on the penalty-kill unit.

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  • Avalanche's Denis Malgin: Grabs helper in return

    Malgin logged an assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Malgin missed nine games with an upper-body injury prior to his return Thursday. He was eased back into the lineup, playing on the fourth line and seeing just 8:03 of ice time. The 26-year-old was logging middle-six minutes prior to his injury, but it may be tough for him to regain that role after the Avalanche acquired Matt Nieto in a trade with the Sharks on Wednesday. Malgin is at six points, 60 shots on net, 40 hits and a minus-4 rating through 31 outings between the Avalanche and the Maple Leafs this season.

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  • Avalanche's Evan Rodrigues: Deals assist in loss

    Rodrigues produced an assist, three shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Rodrigues had gone two games without a point for the first time since Dec. 19-21 prior to helping out on Samuel Girard's second-period tally. Over his last seven games, Rodrigues has picked up five assists and a plus-4 rating. The 29-year-old forward has 25 points, 104 shots on net and a plus-4 rating through 36 contests this season, playing well as a supporting part of the Avalanche's offense.

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  • Avalanche's Devon Toews: Records assist Thursday

    Toews posted an assist, five shots on goal, three blocked shots and two hits in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Toews has an assist in each of the last two games and seven helpers over his last seven contests. He set up Mikko Rantanen on the opening goal 3:56 into the first period Thursday. Toews remains a strong option in fantasy, but Cale Makar's return from a four-game absence Thursday will reduce some of Toews' ice time in high-scoring situations. The 28-year-old has 27 points, 90 shots on net, 78 blocked shots, 49 hits and a plus-13 rating through 45 appearances.

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  • Avalanche's Cale Makar: Plucks apple in return

    Makar recorded an assist, two shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Makar missed four games with an upper-body injury, but he faced no limitations with 26:12 of ice time in the loss. The defenseman helped out on a Mikko Rantanen tally early in the first period. Makar is up to 13 goals, 31 helpers, 138 shots on net, 59 blocked shots, 54 hits and a plus-5 rating through 43 contests overall. He's earned 10 points through eight outings in January.

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  • Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Stays warm with helper

    MacKinnon notched an assist, four shots on goal and a minus-3 rating in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    While it was a night of mixed results for MacKinnon, he reached the 40-assist mark for the season. The 27-year-old is also up to five tallies and 14 helpers through 12 contests in January. He's earned 53 points with 191 shots on net and a plus-14 rating through 36 appearances as the centerpiece of the Avalanche's offense.

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  • Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Goal and assist in loss

    Girard scored a goal on seven shots, dished a power-play assist and blocked three shots in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Both of Girard's points came in the second period. The defenseman has gotten back on track with a pair of goals and six helpers through 12 outings in January. He's at 15 points, 65 shots on net, 53 blocked shots and a minus-9 rating through 41 games this season, playing primarily on the second pairing.

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  • Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Tallies twice in loss

    Rantanen scored two goals on five shots in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Rantanen opened the scoring in the first period and added a power-play marker in the second that put the Avalanche ahead 3-1. The lead didn't last, but it was still another excellent outing from Rantanen, who has racked up 10 goals and five helpers through 12 games in January. The 26-year-old is up to 34 tallies, 60 points (22 on the power play), 178 shots on goal, 55 hits, 32 PIM and a plus-6 rating through 47 appearances.

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  • Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Yields four goals in loss

    Francouz allowed four goals on 31 shots in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.

    Francouz's three-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as the Ducks rallied for a third-period comeback. This was the first time since Dec. 3 that Francouz has allowed more than three goals in a game. He slipped to 7-7-0 with a 2.58 GAA and a .917 save percentage through 14 appearances this season. Alexandar Georgiev will likely get the nod for Saturday's game versus the Blues.

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  • Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Not expected back before March

    Landeskog (knee) is not expected to play before March, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Landeskog's recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery in October has gone slower than anticipated. He's expected to begin skating some time after the All-Star break, but it'll likely take at least a couple of weeks beyond that before he gets up to speed after such a lengthy absence.

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  • Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Slated to be in net Thursday

    Francouz is set to start at home against Anaheim on Thursday, according to Avalanche play-by-play announcer Conor McGahey.

    Francouz won his last three starts while posting a 1.30 GAA and a .953 save percentage over that span. He now has a 7-6-0 record, 2.47 GAA and .920 save percentage in 13 contests this season. Anaheim has the 31st-ranked offense with 2.40 goals per game.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Deemed day-to-day

    Nichushkin is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't play Thursday versus Anaheim, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Following Thursday's contest, the Avalanche only have one game before the All-Star break, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Nichushkin held out until Feb. 7 against the Penguins. Denis Malgin may get the first crack at replacing Nichushkin on the second line against the Ducks.

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  • Avalanche's Denis Malgin: Playing against Ducks

    Malgin (upper body) will be in action versus Anaheim on Thursday, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports and has been activated off IR per the NHL media site.

    Malgin's return comes just in time as the team will be without Valeri Nichushkin (upper body). Considering Malgin has just one point in his last 19 outings, fantasy players shouldn't be expecting him to produce in the offensive end.

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  • Avalanche's Cale Makar: Set to play Thursday

    Makar (upper body) told reporters he was good to go against the Ducks on Thursday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Makar looks set to return to action after missing the Avs' previous four contests due to his upper-body issue. The defenseman will no doubt be eager to pick up where he left off, as he is currently riding a six-game point streak during which he notched four goals and five assists. Makar should almost certainly unseat Devon Toews as the quarterback of the No. 1 power-play unit.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Flipped in four-player deal

    Nieto and Ryan Merkley were traded from the Sharks to the Avalanche in exchange for Jacob MacDonald and Martin Kaut on Wednesday.

    Nieto's second stint with the Sharks will come to a close with the winger posting 15 points in 45 games this season. He'll rejoin the only other team he's played for at the NHL level -- the 30-year-old suited up for the Avalanche from 2016-17 through the end of the 2019-20 season. He should bolster the Avalanche's forward depth while contending for a third-line role on a stronger team. That boost in surrounding talent could give him a slight boost in fantasy, though probably not enough to make him a viable option in standard formats.

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  • Avalanche's Ryan Merkley: Acquired by Avalanche

    Merkley was acquired along with Matt Nieto by Colorado from San Jose in exchange for Jacob MacDonald and Martin Kaut on Wednesday.

    Merkley has no goals, 14 assists and 26 PIM in 30 games with the AHL's Barracuda in 2022-23. He hasn't played in the NHL this season, but he did score a goal and six points in 39 contests with the Sharks in 2021-22. The 22-year-old has the potential to be part of Colorado's long-term plans, but the Avalanche might keep him in the AHL for now.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.00
(21st)
2.71
(8th)
24.8
(7th)

Injuries

Player Injury
G. Landeskog LW Gabriel Landeskog LW Knee
V. Nichushkin RW Valeri Nichushkin RW Upper Body
B. Byram D Bowen Byram D Lower Body
J. Manson D Josh Manson D Lower Body
D. Helm C Darren Helm C Lower Body

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