Varlamov turned aside 28 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Devils. The netminder nearly came away with a shutout, but after the Isles hit the post on two attempts at an empty-net goal, Miles Wood banged home New Jersey's only tally with less than 15 seconds left on the clock. Varlamov is 3-0-1 over his last four starts, and on the season he has a dazzling 2.10 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Varlamov will tend the twine for Tuesday's road tilt with New Jersey, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. Varlamov went 2-0-1 in his last three appearances in which he posted a 2.61 GAA. In his only other matchup with the Devils this season, the veteran netminder stopped 30 of 31 shots and will look to build upon that dominant performance Tuesday.
Varlamov made 27 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins on Saturday. Varlamov has been a strong fantasy starter this season, but he ran into a hot Penguins squad Saturday night. He's 6-2-2 with one shutout in his last 10 starts. Varlamov has stepped up from a platoon role last season into the clear number one role and that's great news for those that took a chance on him on draft day.
Varlamov will defend the home net in Saturday's game versus the Penguins, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports. Ilya Sorokin likely will get the start for Sunday's rematch against the Penguins. Varlamov has been elite for the Islanders this year with a .928 save percentage and a 2.06 GAA through 15 appearances, although he's 0-2-1 with an .898 save percentage against the Pens.
Varlamov made 34 saves Thursday in a 7-2 victory over Boston. The game was tight most of the way and was knotted 2-2 until the 5:41 mark of the third. Varlamov made several saves and then his teammates rewarded him with five unanswered goals in the third period, four of which came in a just a 5:48 span. Varlamov has now won two straight games and has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last six starts. He's a strong start, inhibited only by a defensive squad in front of him that doesn't normally score loads of goals.
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