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51-21-9 111
51-24-6 108
49-25-7 105
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43-33-5 91
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Regular Season 7 10 3 14:14 6

Top Sam Malinski News

  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Sent back down

    Malinski was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Saturday.

    Malinski was scratched for Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Panthers. It was his third scratch in four games since the All-Star break, so it's no surprise he's going down to the Eagles to get some playing time. Malinski has emerged as the top call-up option when the Avalanche need reinforcements.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Suits up Tuesday

    Malinski had two shots on net and two blocks over 12:17 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to New Jersey.

    Malinski was called up earlier this week and joined Colorado on its post-break road trip. He didn't play in Monday's loss to the Rangers but took Jack Johnson's spot on the blue line Tuesday. The switch appears to be part of a defensive rotation the Avalanche plan to deploy down the stretch, according to Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now. Johnson is poised to see work against the more physical opponents, while Malinski could get starts against foes deemed less heavy. The 25-year-old Malinski has forced his way into the mix over 23 games with 10 points (three goals), including a goal and an assist on the power play.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Summoned from AHL

    Malinski was recalled from AHL Colorado on Monday.

    Malinski has contributed three goals, 10 points, 29 shots on net, 20 blocked shots and 13 hits over 22 NHL appearances this season. He also has four goals and 13 points in 22 AHL contests this campaign.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Reassigned to minors

    Malinski was demoted to AHL Colorado on Friday.

    Malinski has 10 points through 22 NHL games this season, including three over his last four appearances. He was demoted to make room for Zach Parise, who signed with the Avalanche on Friday.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Points in three straight

    Malinski had an assist, two shots and one block over 13:00 of ice time in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Flyers.

    Malinski's assist on the first of three Logan O'Connor goals extended his point streak to three games. Bowen Byram's continued absence due to a lower-body injury -- he's missed eight games -- has provided an opportunity for Malinski, who has two goals and three assists since filling in for Byram.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Logs assist in loss

    Malinski had an assist, one shot and two hits over 13:44 of ice time in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

    Malinski picked up the secondary helper on Miles Wood's first-period strike, seconds after a power play expired. Malinski has three points over the last two games and will attempt to continue that streak Saturday in Philadelphia. His presence in the lineup could depend on the status of Bowen Byram (lower body), who is skating with the team but missed a seventh straight contest Thursday.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Scores on power play

    Malinski scored a power-play goal and had an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 7-4 win over Ottawa. He added two shots, one block and one hit to his line over 17:17 of ice time.

    Malinski set up Colorado's second goal with a stretch pass that resulted in Jason Polin's first NHL tally. Malinski then potted the game-winner one second before the Avalanche's man-advantage ended. His wrist shot eluded Mads Sogaard, who lost his stick on the play. The two-point effort was Malinski's second and gave the 25-year-old blueliner eight points through 19 games. He should stick around until Bowen Byram (lower body) is ready to play. Byram was given a seven-to-14 day timeline back on Jan 7.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Lights lamp Monday

    Malinski scored a goal and blocked two shots in Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Bruins.

    Malinski was called up with Josh Manson (undisclosed) questionable going into the game, and the former got into the lineup when the latter couldn't play. The goal was Malinski's second of the season, snapping a four-game point drought from before he was sent down at the end of December. The 25-year-old has added four assists, 16 shots on net, 17 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating through 15 appearances. He'll likely continue to bounce between levels, but he's clearly the Avalanche's top call-up option when they need blue-line help.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Called up from minors

    Malinski was recalled from AHL Colorado on Monday.

    Malinski saw action in 13 NHL games during December, recording one goal on 14 shots, four assists and 15 blocked shots while averaging 14:21 of ice time. The 25-year-old Minnesota native's promotion is likely just to provide an extra depth option for the team, meaning he would only get into Monday's clash with Boston if there was an injury among the team's blueliners.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Dropped to AHL

    Malinski was reassigned to AHL Colorado after Friday's win over St. Louis, Corey Masisak of The Denver Post reports.

    Malinski put one shot on goal while logging 13:53 of ice time in Friday's contest versus the Blues. He could be promoted again before Sunday's game against the Sharks unless Samuel Girard (personal) is ready to return. Malinski has five points in 14 NHL games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Generates helper

    Malinski logged a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

    Malinski helped out on Valeri Nichushkin's second goal of the game. With Cale Makar (lower body) sidelined by a lingering lower-body issue, Malinski has worked his way into a role on the second power-play unit. The 25-year-old is up to five points, 11 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through 10 contests overall, so it appears Malinski could stick in the NHL for a bit.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Scores first career goal

    Malinski scored a goal on two shots, added an assist and went plus-3 in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.

    Malinski poked a puck loose and set up Miles Wood for a first-period tally. In the third, Malinski added his first career goal and also achieved his first two-point effort. All four of his points this season have come over the last four games, and he's added eight shots on net, eight blocked shots and a plus-4 rating through his first seven NHL outings.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Picks up second helper

    Malinski recorded an assist in Monday's 6-5 win over the Flames.

    Malinski posted his second helper over the last three games. The 25-year-old has seemingly leaped over Caleb Jones on the depth chart, though Malinski has seen less than 15 minutes of ice time in each of his last three outings. He's added six shots on net, seven blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through six appearances this season.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Rises from AHL

    Malinski was called up from AHL Colorado on Wednesday, Brennan Vogt of The-Rink.com reports.

    Malinski's promotion may just be to give the Avalanche extra depth on the blue line. The Avalanche have three games between Thursday and Sunday, all on the road, but it's unclear if the 25-year-old will play during this stint on the NHL roster. He logged 12:02 of ice time versus the Kraken in his debut Nov. 13.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Sent back down

    Malinski was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Wednesday.

    Samuel Girard (undisclosed) is good to go for Wednesday's game versus the Ducks, so Malinski was no longer needed on the active roster. Malinski made his NHL debut Monday versus the Kraken, posting one shot on goal, one hit and a plus-1 rating in 12:02 of ice time.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Called up Wednesday

    Malinski was elevated from AHL Colorado on Wednesday.

    Malinski rejoins the Avalanche ahead of Wednesday's clash with the Ducks, a move that likely indicates both Samuel Girard (undisclosed) and Josh Manson (undisclosed) won't be ready to play. In his NHL season debut Monday, the 25-year-old Malinski registered one shot, one hit and a plus-1 rating in 12:02 of ice time.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Sent back to AHL

    Malinski was reassigned to the minors Tuesday.

    Malinski played just 12:02 of ice time versus the Kraken on Monday. If either Samuel Girard (undisclosed) or Josh Manson (undisclosed) are available to play in Wednesday's matchup with Anaheim, Malinski will likely remain with AHL Colorado. Still, the 25-year-old Malinski should remain atop the shortlist of potential call-ups following his six points in 13 minor-league contests.

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  • Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Promoted from AHL

    Malinski was recalled from AHL Colorado on Sunday.

    Malinski signed an entry-level deal last season after a three-year career at Cornell University. The 25-year-old blueliner has three goals and six points in 13 AHL games this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Lakeville, MN
Age: 25
Experience: R