Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov sustained a lower-body muscular injury Tuesday and will likely miss the next two games before the team’s week-long break begins Sunday. Colorado hosts Columbus on Thursday and Minnesota on Saturday, and regular backup Jonathan Bernier will probably start both games, with minor-league call-up Andrew Hammond serving as backup.
“It’s muscular and he’s feeling good this morning,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Varlamov. “He’s in the same boat as Compher and Andrighetto. They’re all day-to-day and I would say doubtful to return before the break (Jan. 7-12). It’s starting to look like the bye week is probably coming at a good time for us. We’ve been relatively healthy and now we have a couple injuries that are starting to pile up here. We’ve got two more games before the break.”