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The Avalanche signed Justus Annunen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Colorado picked Annunen in the third round of the 2018 draft and is viewed as the potential future in net for them. The 20-year-old netminder was spectacular in the Finnish Elite League in 2019-20, going 15-5-3 while leading the league in both GAA (1.77) and SV% (.920). He also represented Finland at the World Juniors in 2020, where he finished the tournament with a 2.65 GAA and .916 SV% in six starts.

Source: Colorado Avalanche 05/4/20, 9:45 am EST

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MacKinnon will miss 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.

MacKinnon left Monday's game with a lower-body injury after getting tangled up with Martin Frk. The 1-2 week timeline means MacKinnon will miss 4-8 games. Martin Kaut was recalled from Colorado (AHL) and will draw into the lineup to replace MacKinnon on Wednesday. However, Vladislav Namestnikov could be the one to shift to centre on the first line.

Source: Cono 03/11/20, 1:48 pm EST

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Francouz will start Wednesday vs. the Rangers.

Francouz allowed three goals on 35 shots in Colorado's loss in Los Angeles on Monday. Francouz will make his fifth straight start tonight despite losing three of his last four (1-2-1) while posting a 3.70 GAA and .868 SV%. In come the Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 11 road games while averaging 3.73 goals per game.

Source: Ryan Clark 03/11/20, 2:08 pm EST

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Francouz will start again Monday in Los Angeles.

Francouz allowed three goals on 25 shots in Colorado's win in San Jose last night. The win ended a brief two-game losing stream for Francouz but he's now surrendered a combined 12 goals on 79 shots (.848 SV%) in his last three games. In his first start against the Kings, Francouz allowed one goal on 21 shots in a 2-1 shootout win (Feb.22).

Source: Adrian Dater 03/9/20, 7:29 pm EST

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Burakovsky (lower-body) did not travel to Vancouver.

The Avalanche start a three-game road trip Friday in Vancouver but Burakovsky did not join the team for the star of the trip. This isn't that surprising since Colorado already said that he would likely miss a few more games but head coach Jared Bednar said he could join the team at some point.

Source: Ryan Clark 03/6/20, 10:16 am EST

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Burakovsky (lower-body) is expected to miss a few more games.

Burakovsky did not come out for Colorado's morning skate and will not play tonight vs. the Ducks. Head coach Jared Bednar expects him to miss a few more games, so don't expect to see him Friday in Vancouver or Sunday in San Jose. Vladislav Namestnikov will remain on the top line with Burakovsky out.

Source: Ryan Clark 03/4/20, 1:28 pm EST

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Francouz will start Wednesday vs. the Ducks.

Francouz stopped 30 of 32 shots in Colorado’s win in Nashville last Saturday. Michael Hutchinson gave him the night off on Monday, so they’ll come back to Francouz tonight vs. the Ducks. Francouz has won six straight games with a 1.32 GAA, .957 SV% and one shutout and faces an Anaheim team that has gone 2-5-1 while scoring 2.38 goals per game in their last eight games.

Source: Conor McGahey 03/4/20, 3:53 pm EST

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Hutchinson will start Monday in Detroit.

Hutchinson will make his first start with the Avalanche after Pavel Francouz started the last seven straight games. Head coach Jared Bednar will use tonight's easy matchup to get Francouz a breather but he should start the remaining three games of the week. Hutchinson struggled with the Maple Leafs, going 4-9-1 with a 3.66 GAA and .886 SV%, but stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win in his only start vs. the Red Wings (Dec.21).

Source: Marc Moser 03/2/20, 1:19 pm EST

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