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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 17th, 2014


Varly is on the injury reserve.

The Colorado Avalanche are looking to establish some consistency after a 1-2-1 start to the season. They'll have to do it without their Vezina-finalist goaltender, however. Semyon Varlamov was placed on injured reserve Thursday as he is nursing a groin injury.

The Avalanche had hoped Varlamov would be available for Thursday night's game against the Ottawa Senators, but apparently the injury is a little more serious than previously believed.

Calvin Pickard has been called up from the American Hockey League to replace Varlamov, leaving Reto Berra as the team's starter in the interim. Though Berra struggled mightily last year, he was between the pipes for Colorado's only win so far in 2014-15, a 2-1 overtime victory against the Bruins.

In 80 minutes of action this season, Berra has made 37 saves on 38 shots. The 27-year-old Swiss netminder has a career .896 save percentage in just 33 games. So the Avs will definitely have to hope Varlamov is back soon.

Bera gets the nod, gets injured and Pickard has to step in.

While Anderson says the Senators did a great job of "mentally refocusing" after a rough start, much of the drama was at the other end of the rink.

Pickard could never have guessed his NHL debut would come like this. He woke up Thursday morning in the AHL, but when the Avalanche put number one goaltender Semyon Varlamov on the injured reserve list with a suspected groin injury, Pickard jumped on a plane to serve as a back-up to Avalanche back-up Reto Berra.

Mitchell came back from injury (yay Malkin) and scored a shorthanded goal.

Mitchell, 29, has struggled with concussionlike symptoms since scoring a goal at Vancouver in last season's third-to-last regular-season game. He missed the first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild and did not participate in training camp or any preseason games.

"It's been a while and, obviously, it's disappointing not to start the season on time, but I'm really excited and happy to be back skating with the guys and back in the lineup," Mitchell said after the morning skate at the Canadian Tire Centre.