DENVER -- Calvin Pickard is quite the practical goalie, with logos of the Colorado Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters painted on his mask. He's played 20 games this season, seven with the Avalanche, and 13 with the Cleveland-based American Hockey League team.
Pickard was recalled for the third time this season Monday and will start for the Avalanche against the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on Tuesday because goalie Semyon Varlamov is expected to miss about two weeks with his third groin injury of the season.
"I'm comfortable playing at this level and I'm excited about the confidence they have in me," Pickard said after the morning skate. "We have to get this thing back on the right track. I was playing good hockey down in Cleveland; the team is jelling."