Varlamov stopped 44 of 45 shots in Tuesday's win over Chicago. The Avalanche eliminated the Blackhawks from playoff contention thanks to a sensational performance from Varlamov. The Russian netminder has looked excellent of late, winning four of his last five games to advance to 22-14-6 on the season with a .919 save percentage. With Colorado battling for playoff position, Varlamov will be relied on more than ever, making him a must-start in fantasy.
Varlamov will guard the goal in Tuesday's road game against the Blackhawks, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Varlamov was razor sharp in his last start Sunday against Detroit, turning aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced en route to an impressive 5-1 victory. The 29-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling and secure his 22nd victory of the season in a road matchup with a Chicago club that's 17-15-4 at home this campaign.
Varlamov allowed one goal on 38 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings on Sunday. Since a rough overtime loss to the Blue Jackets 10 days ago, Varlamov has been very sharp, yielding a single goal in three of his last four starts. The lone game where he allowed more than a goal in his past four starts, Varlamov was playing for the second straight night. It's a relatively small sample size, but he owns a .958 save percentage in those four games. In a tight playoff race, expect Varlamov to continue to start every game, especially while he's on this hot streak.
Varlamov is set to take on Detroit on Sunday, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. This will mark the 17th consecutive appearance for Varlamov, who hasn't seen a full game off since Feb. 11. The 29-year-old netminder has been solid in that span, recording a 2.53 GAA and .926 save percentage alongside a 7-3-4 record. Varlamov is a decent fantasy play Sunday against a pretty weak Detroit offense.
Varlamov allowed three goals on 27 shots during a 4-2 loss to the Predators on Friday. By far, this was Varlamov's best start versus the Predators this season, but it ultimately wasn't enough. The Predators scored twice in the second period to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. This performance ended an eight-game run during which Varlamov posted a .940 save percentage and 2.07 GAA, but owners should cut him some slack. Again, this was a very tough matchup, and Friday was the second half of a back-to-back situation. Until this week, Varlamov had yet to start games on back-to-back days this season.
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