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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Avalanche Injury Update: Berra and Varlamov return this week

By on 10/21/2014 12:00:00 PM

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said the team wouldn't panic when it came to injuries to their top two goaltenders, starter Semyon Varlamov and backup Reto Berra. Yesterday, they were informed they will getting both net-minders back this week.

According to Mike Halford of ProHockeyTalk, the Avalanche plan on removing Varlamov from injured reserve and starting him in net on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. This is a great sign that the groin injury sustained by the Vezina Trophy runner-up wasn't serious enough to warrant a tryout for any additional goaltenders (Bryzgalov, Brodeur) as rumored.

Berra was run over by Ottawa forward Kyle Turris in a 5-3 loss to the Senators last Thursday but felt good enough after Monday's skate that coach Roy plans to start the Switzerland native in goal against the Florida Panthers tonight. Tonight will be Berra's fourth game seeing action this season. He has previous relief appearances against Minnesota and Ottawa and his one start, a win, coming against the Boston Bruins.

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