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Pickard Recalled From Lake Erie

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that netminder Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury. Goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters to support Reto Berra during Varlamov's absence.

Varlamov is coming off of consecutive road victories, against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and has played in 10 of the Avalanche's past 13 contests. He owns a 4-5-4 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average this season.

The call up is Pickard's second of the 2014 campaign, both due to groin injures to Varlamov. Pickard is 0-2 on the season in the NHL, and is 3-4-3 in the AHL with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. The 22-year-old keeper made his NHL debut on Oct. 16 in Ottawa, relieving Berra who left the match with an injury. Pickard had his first NHL start the next game, Oct. 18, in Montreal.

Berra is 2-1-1 on the year with a .914 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average.

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy gave injury updates on other Colorado players following today’s practice. The status of both Jesse Winchester and Patrick Bordeleau hasn’t changed from before. While both are skating, neither have progressed to a point where they’re ready to play in game situations.

“Right now, I don’t have much to say on them,” said Roy. “Right now, they keep doing their thing.”

Brad Stuart has yet to resume skating following his leg injury. There’s no timetable for his return.

Defenseman Ryan Wilson is slated to have shoulder surgery this week and will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.

“His season is over,” said Roy.

The Avs return to action on Thursday with a home contest against the visiting Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Center.
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