Varlamov stopped 41 of 43 shots Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to avoid defeat, as his team took a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers. Varlamov did all he could for Colorado, just as he has throughout this young season. In five games, he hasn't let in more than two goals in regulation and has topped .927 in save percentage in every game he's played. Even if his team allows 40-plus shots, he's still an excellent option.
Varlamov will tend twine in Tuesday's road game against the Rangers, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports. The Blueshirts have struggled out of the gate, owning a 1-4-0 record and minus-6 goal differential as the basement dwellers of the Metropolitan Division. The Flames got the best of Varlamov in overtime his last time out, but the Russian backstop owns an impressive 3-0-1 record, 1.75 GAA and .946 save percentage through four games.
Varlamov set aside 38 of 41 shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime home loss to the Flames. The outcome wasn't ideal, but Varlamov played quite well in this contest, as he worked through a scoreless first period and came up with a number of big saves, most notably when he robbed two quick scoring chances courtesy of Matthew Tkachuk near the side of the cage. Varly is now 3-0-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .946 save percentage on the young season.
Varlamov will guard the cage in Saturday's home matchup with the Flames, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports. Varlamov has been fantastic this season, picking up three victories in three starts while posting an impressive .955 save percentage and 1.33 GAA over that span. The Russian netminder will look to remain unbeaten in a home matchup with a Calgary club that's averaging 3.75 goals per game this campaign, 11th in the NHL.
Varlamov allowed just one goal in a 6-1 win against the Sabres on Thursday. That's now three wins in a row for Varlamov, who also turned aside 13 shots on the power play in a stretch during which the Avalanche took five of their six penalties. When healthy, Varlamov is a capable No. 1 goalie and even though there's a lack of quality depth on the roster, the Avs have been a formidable force to start the season. He's worth owning in all formats.
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