The Avalanche signed Adam Werner to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Werner, 22, was a fifth-round pick (No.131 overall) in 2016 and is coming off of a strong campaign with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League, going 15-9-0 with a 2.02 GAA, .926 SV% and three shutouts in 26 games.
Nemeth will dress as a seventh defenseman on Monday.
Nemeth has been a healthy scratch since Game 5 of the first-round but is expected to replace Sven Andrighetto in the lineup in Game 6. Nemeth has no points, a plus-4 rating and eight shots in five playoff games this year.
Andrighetto is expected to be a healthy scratch for Game 6.
Andrighetto dressed in Matt Calvert’s place in Game 5 but is expected to be a healthy scratch on Monday. Patrik Nemeth is expected to replace Andrighetto and dress as a seventh defenseman for Colorado.
Calvert (upper-body) will not play in Game 6.
Calvert missed Game 5 with an upper-body injury and will miss his second straight game on Monday. With Calvert out, Sven Andrighetto will be scratched this time around and the Avalanche will dress Patrik Nemeth as a seventh defenseman.
Grubauer will start Game 6 vs. the Sharks.
Grubauer stopped 37 of 39 shots in Colorado’s 2-1 loss in San Jose in Game 5. The Avalanche and Sharks have alternated wins and losses in this series and the Avalanche will need that trend to continue if they’re going to stay alive and force a Game 7. Grubauer has stopped 59 of 62 shots (.952 SV%) in the two games at the Pepsi Center in this series.
Source: Ryan Clark 05/6/19, 1:16 pm EST
Calvert (upper-body) is a “good possibility” to play in Game 4.
Calvert missed Game 3 with an upper-body injury he suffered late in Game 2 but head coach Jared Bednar expects him to play in Game 4. In seven postseason games, Calvert has tallied three assists while averaging just over 13:30 TOI/gm.
Grubauer will start Game 4 vs. the Sharks.
Grubauer surrendered three goals on 30 shots in Colorado’s 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3. After playing exceptionally well in the first-round, Grubauer has allowed a combined 10 goals on 90 shots (.889 SV%) in his first three starts in round two. The Avalanche will stick with Grubauer in Game 4—he has stopped 89 of the 96 shots (.927 SV%) that he’s faced in the Pepsi Center during the postseason.
Source: Ryan Clark 05/2/19, 2:02 pm EST
Calvert (upper-body) will not play in Game 3.
Calvert was destroyed by Brent Burns late in Game 2 and will miss Game 3 in Colorado with an upper-body injury. Derick Brassard will move to the third line and Sven Andrighetto will replace Calvert in the lineup.
Grubauer will start Game 3 vs. the Sharks.
Source: @Avalanche 04/30/19, 2:59 pm EST
Brassard (illness) is expected to play in Game 1 in San Jose.
Brassard missed the final three games of the first round with an illness but is expected to replace Gabriel Bourque for Game 1 against the Sharks. Brassard did not record a point in two games in round one and had just four goals in 20 games after being acquired by the Avalanche.
Girard (upper-body) will return to the Avalanche lineup for Game 1.
Girard suffered an upper-body injury in Game 2 in Calgary and missed the next three games. With Girard returning to the lineup, the Avalanche are expected to go with 11 forwards and seven defenseman but it remains unclear whether Girard or Cale Makar will quarterback the second power-play unit—they alternated in Thursday’s practice.
Grubauer will start Game 4 against the Flames.
Girard (undisclosed) will not play in Game 3.
Girard is dealing with an injury, missed the morning skate and will not play in Game 3 vs. the Flames. Luckily for the Avalanche, they signed top prospect Cale Makar on Sunday and he will replace Girard in the lineup and on the second power-play unit.
Makar will make his NHL debut in Game 3.
Makar signed his entry-level contract on Sunday and will immediately draw into the Avalanche lineup in Game 3. Makar won the Hobey Baker Award and will be paired with Patrik Nemeth and quarterback the second power-play unit.
Grubauer will start Game 3 vs. the Flames.
Grubauer stood tall in Game 2, allowing just two goals on 37 shots to allow the Avalanche to sneak away with a 3-2 OT win and a tied series heading back to Colorado. Grubauer has posted a .926 SV% through two games and was 10-5-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .913 SV% at the Pepsi Center this season.
Source: Ryan Clark 04/15/19, 3:03 pm EST
The Avalanche have signed Cale Makar to a three-year entry-level contract.
Makar was selected No.4 overall in 2017 and signs his entry-level contract after winning the Hobey Baker Award in his sophomore season at UMass-Amherst, where he had 16 goals and 33 assists (49 points) in 41 games. The Avalanche just tied the series up in Calgary and there's a chance that Makar could draw right into the lineup in Games 3 or 4.
Grubauer will start Game 1 in Calgary.
Rantanen (upper-body) will play in Game 1 on Thursday.
Rantanen missed the final seven games of the regular season but is ready to play in Game 1 in Calgary. Rantanen had four assists in six playoff games a year ago and had three points (1G / 2A) in three games vs. the Flames this year.
Varlamov will start Saturday in San Jose.
Source: Ryan Clark 04/6/19, 2:21 pm EST