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Varlamov (groin) will suit up for Friday's game against the Canucks.

Varlamov won't play Tuesday against the Panthers, but is expected to get the start Friday after the team has a couple days off. The netminder was on a cold streak before getting injured, going 0-2-1 and giving up a total of 10 goals in three games on the season.

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Varlamov's (groin) was formally placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Varlamov's groin injury is considered mild and the goalie was initially planning to play through the ailment, but it sounds like he may have tweaked it during Thursday's morning skate. As a result, Varlamov will rest for the next handful of games with the hope that the issue clears up completely. He's expected to return from IR when immediately eligible Oct. 24 against the Canucks, but the Avs will likely turn to Reto Berra as their starting goalie for their next three games in the interim.

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Updating a previous report, the Avalanche haven't placed Varlamov (groin) on injured reserve, but will do so if he is unable to start Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

The Avs' official website lists Varlamov on injured reserve, but no roster move will become official until the team examines the goalie during pregame warmups. Coach Patrick Roy made it known at morning skate earlier in the day that the team doesn't want to play Varlamov if his groin is bothering him in any capacity, so backup Reto Berra will be on standby to man the net Thursday as a contingency plan.

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Varlamov (groin) is listed on injured reserve on the Avs' official website.

The team hasn't issued an official press release on the news, but it looks like the groin issue that was bothering Varlamov during Thursday's morning skate will keep him out for at least a couple of games. Since Varlamov most recently started Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, he won't be eligible to return to action until Oct. 24 against the Canucks. Reto Berra will operate as the Avs' No. 1 goalie in the interim, with the team likely to recall a netminder from AHL Lake Erie to back him up.

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Though he was the first goalie to leave the ice at morning skate, Varlamov is questionable to start Thursday against the Senators due to a groin injury, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It's not clear whether Varlamov sustained the injury in his start Tuesday against the Maple Leafs or at the morning skate, but either way, it doesn't sound like his status for Thursday night will be known until pregame warmups. Given the injury concern, it's possible that even if Varlamov ends up starting Thursday, he could get the hook if he struggles early. The nagging groin combined with his rough start to the season (0-2-1, 3.80 GAA, .910 save percentage) might make it worthwhile for fantasy owners to avoid using him Thursday, if other options exist.

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Varlamov will be in the crease Thursday against the Senators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Varlamov (0-2-1) is still searching for his first win on the season, but he'll need some better support from his defense in order to get off the schneid. While Varlamov hasn't been especially sharp in his own right, he's still facing an average of 37 shots in his first three starts. Perhaps a matchup against a poor possession team like the Senators will allow the Avs to control the puck most of the night and keep their goalie's workload relatively light.

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Varlamov saved 37 of 40 shots Tuesday against Toronto, but was stuck with a 3-2 loss in overtime.

That'll happen when your team gets outshot 40-24, and Varly's certainly not the first goalie to be victimized by Phil Kessel. The Avs have been rough in the early going, but it's not Varlamov's fault that they've lost all three of his starts -- the offense has simply failed to show up to this point. The Avs will look to wake up Thursday in Ottawa.

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Varlamov will start Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Varlamov will take a seat Monday in favor of backup Reto Berra, but will be back between the pipes Tuesday. There's no reason to panic just yet with Varlamov, although he has given up seven goals in just two appearances so far.

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Varlamov stopped all but two of the 33 shots he faced in Saturday's loss to Minnesota.

A great effort by Varlamov went to waste, as for the second straight game, the Avalanche couldn't score a goal. Varlamov will likely post great individual stats once against this season, but if the first two games are any indication, the team in front of him may occur major regression.

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Varlamov will be in the crease Saturday against the Wild.

Varlamov will be on the lookout for redemption after he was pummeled for five goals on 33 shots in just two periods of action in Wednesday's opener. He'll need some better assistance from his mates if he hopes to reverse course in this one, and perhaps coach Patrick Roy's decision to shuffle his defensive pairs around will be the elixir the goalie needs.