Varlamov stopped 25 of 28 shots, holding off a late Winnipeg push Saturday. Even though he grabbed the win, Varlamov has been sub-.900 in four of his last five games.
Varlamov will be in net Saturday night against the Jets, and again Monday versus the Islanders, per Avs head coach Patrick Roy. Varlamov has been awful between the pipes this season, allowing 35 goals in 12 starts which equates to a 3.22 GAA. However, team brass still appears to trust him based on Roy already declaring that Varly will make the next two starts.
Varlamov surrendered three goals on 15 shots before being pulled for Reto Berra in Wednesday's loss to the Senators. Just when it looks like the Russian netminder is about to get it together, he throws in an absolute clunker. Varlamov remains borderline unplayable as long as he continues to struggle with his confidence. His .890 save percentage currently ranks 42nd in the NHL.
Varlamov will start in net Wednesday night versus Ottawa. Varlamov played quite well in his last start, earning a win and giving up just a single goal to the Jets. Still, he hasn't been terrific this year, and his 3.05 GAA and .894 save percentage reflect as much. The matchup with the Senators isn't great either, as they've scored a decently high average of 2.90 goals per game this season and have wins in their last two games.
Varlamov stopped 20 of 21 shots in Monday's win over the Jets. It was Varlamov's first appearance since Nov. 5 as he spent time on injured reserve with a groin injury, but he didn't appear to show any rust in a solid performance in his return. Now that he's healthy, Varlamov figures to regain his stop atop the depth chart, but if his early season struggles resurface, backup Reto Berra could take over.
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