Francouz will start Saturday in Tampa Bay.
Francouz made 34 saves on 36 shots in Colorado’s win over the Coyotes last Saturday. It was an impressive season debut for Francouz, who is now 1-2-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .944 SV% in his first three NHL appearances. The 29-year-old looks like a serviceable NHL backup and will make a good spot-start option some nights, but not tonight in Tampa Bay.
Source: @Avalanche 10/19/19, 4:32 pm EST
MacKinnon will play against the Panthers on Friday.
Francouz will likely start Saturday in Tampa Bay.
Barberio will be a healthy scratch on Friday.
Barberio was in for Nikita Zadorov on Wednesday but they'll swap spots again on Friday. This will be a common theme for Barberio during the 2019-20 campaign.
MacKinnon (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Friday.
MacKinnon is dealing with a lower-body injury and is questionable for Friday's game in Florida. If MacKinnon is unable to play, head coach Jared Bednar said that Nazem Kadri will move up and centre the first line and J.T. Compher will centre the second line.
Zadorov will draw back into the Colorado lineup on Friday.
Zadorov was a healthy scratch in Pittsburgh on Wednesday but will play Friday in Florida. Mark Barberio is the likely candidate to come out of the lineup to make room for Zadorov, who has one goal, one assist, a plus-3 rating, 15 PIMS and seven shots in five games this season.
Grubauer will start Friday in Florida.
The Avalanche have sent Kevin Connauton to Colorado (AHL).
Connauton did not appear in a game with the Avalanche during his call-up. With Ian Cole back from offseason hip surgery, Connauton was no longer needed as a reserve defenseman. He heads back to the Eagles, where he had no points, two PIMS and a minus-4 rating in two games.
Source: Ryan Clark 10/16/19, 4:44 pm EST
Grubauer will start Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Grubauer gave up three goals on 32 shots in Colorado’s win in Washington on Monday. Grubauer owners could not have asked for a better start to the season. He is 4-0-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .925 SV% in his first four outings and will look to stay undefeated in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are extremely banged up but they still rank third in the league in scoring (4.17 GF/gm).
Source: Ryan Clark 10/16/19, 1:23 pm EST
Zadorov will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Despite not losing a game this season and Zadorov scoring his first goal on Monday, he will come out of the lineup on Wednesday. Zadorov will be replaced by Mark Barberio.
Barberio will be back in Colorado’s lineup on Wednesday.
Barberio was a healthy scratch in Washington on Monday but will replace Nikita Zadorov on the blueline on Wednesday. Barberio has no points and four shots in 16:50 ATOI in two games this season.
Nichushkin will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Nichushkin has just one assist in his first five games with the Avalanche and will rest Wednesday in Pittsburgh. J.T. Compher is returning from a lower-body injury, replacing Nichushkin in their bottom-6.
Compher (lower-body) will return to Colorado’s lineup on Wednesday.
Compher has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury but will play Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Compher has one goal in two games while playing 14:41 ATOI to start 2019-20.
The Avalanche have placed J.T. Compher (lower-body) on IR.
Compher is set to miss his third straight game and he has been moved to IR because Ian Cole (hip) is set to make his season debut on Monday and they needed to open up a roster spot.
Barberio will be a healthy scratch on Monday.
Barberio had four shots while averaging 16:50 TOI/gm in the last two games. He will be replaced by Ian Cole (hip), who will be making his season debut in Washington.
Source: Ryan Clark 10/14/19, 3:00 pm EST
Cole (hip) will make his season debut on Monday.
Cole has missed the first four games of the regular season but will replace Mark Barberio in the lineup on Monday. Cole had 15 points (2G / 13A) in 71 games last season.
Source: Ryan Clark 10/14/19, 2:58 pm EST
Grubauer will start Monday in Washington.
Grubauer made 39 saves on 41 shots in Colorado’s win over the Bruins last Thursday. Grubauer’s tenure as their No.1 netminder has gotten off to a fantastic start, going 3-0-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .931 SV% in his first three starts. He has a difficult matchup in Washington—the Capitals are 3-1-2 while averaging 3.17 goals for per game (17th in the NHL) though six contests.
Source: Ryan Clark 10/14/19, 3:11 pm EST
Francouz will start against the Coyotes on Saturday.
It will be the first start of Francouz's career, although he did make a pair of relief appearances last season, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced in those two games. He registered a 27-20-1 record with the AHL's Colorado Eagles last season, posting a 2.68 GAA and a .918 SV%. He's worth considering for a spot start against Arizona if you're desperate for goalie stats.
Grubauer is expected to start Thursday vs. the Bruins.
Grubauer allowed two goals on 31 shots in Colorado’s win over the Wild last Saturday. Grubauer has had a great start to the season, wining each of his first two starts while stopping 56 of the 61 shots (.918 SV%) that he has faced so far. Dating back to last season, Grubauer is 12-5-1 in his last 18 regular season starts at the Pepsi Center.
Source: @Avalanche 10/10/19, 2:49 pm EST
Cole (hip) has been cleared to play but remains questionable for Thursday’s game.
Cole skated on the third pair at Wednesday’s practice and has officially been cleared to play. However, head coach Jared Bednar said they haven’t made a decision on whether or not he will play vs. the Bruins.
Source: Marc Moser 10/9/19, 3:09 pm EST