Goalie nods: Varlamov has the flu so it’s Pickard against the Sharks

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The Colorado Avalanche will turn to backup Calvin Pickard tonight at home versus the Sharks (on NBCSN).

Regular starter Semyon Varlamov has the flu, according to coach Patrick Roy.

Pickard, 23, played well in his last outing, stopping 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over the Oilers on Saturday. On the season, he’s 4-3-1 with a .918 save percentage.

The Avs are looking to rebound after a disappointing 5-1 loss in Vancouver on Sunday. Once they’re done with the Sharks, they’ll turn their focus to hosting the Red Wings outdoors on Saturday.

Martin Jones will be in net for San Jose.

Elsewhere…

Mike Condon for the Canadiens in Washington, where Braden Holtby is expected for the Capitals.

Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins in Boston, where Tuukka Rask is a go for the B’s.

Robin Lehner for the Sabres in Anaheim, where Frederik Andersen is likely for the Ducks.

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