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Varlamov (groin) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

The Avs likely made the move just to open up an extra roster spot, as Varlamov wasn't set to travel with the team for their next three games. Varlamov was able to get in an on-ice workout Wednesday, but won't be able to practice with the rest of the Avs until they return from their road trip, which concludes Sunday.

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Varlamov (groin) worked out in full pads Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Varlamov took part in the activity on the side by himself, suggesting he's not yet close to a return from the groin injury. He won't travel with the Avs for their three-game road trip that comes to an end Sunday, but if he can progress to full practice by that time, he could be ready to play at some point next week.

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Coach Patrick Roy said Varlamov would miss "a couple weeks" after aggravating his groin injury at Monday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It's the third occurrence of the injury for Varlamov, who has created a further damper on his inability to stay healthy by playing pitifully this season (3.22 GAA, .909 save percentage in 15 games). The Avs recalled Calvin Pickard from AHL Lake Erie on Monday, and are expected to go with him as their primary netminder until Varlamov is cleared to return. After winning 41 games last season, Varlamov seemed poised to remain an upper-tier fantasy goalie in 2014-15, but it looks increasingly doubtful as though that will come to fruition.

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Varlamov reinjured his groin at practice Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Varlamov struggled after returning from an extended absence, allowing five goals on 30 shots before getting pulled Friday. His fantasy stock is in freefall at this point with the reemergence of the dreaded groin injury.

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Varlamov was pulled Friday after giving up five goals on 30 shots in a loss to Winnipeg.

That's two straight losses for Varlamov, who has given up nine goals in that span. The 26-year-old Russian is now 4-6-5 on the season with a .909 save percentage and 3.22 GAA. He's the undisputed starting goaltender, but wins are hard to come by on a Colorado team that is ranked 11th in the Western Conference and has given up more goals than any other team in the NHL.

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Varlamov will start in net against the Jets on Friday, Marc Moser of Altitude TV reports.

Varlamov will start both games of a back-to-back set with the news that he is between the pipes Friday. He will look for a better performance than Thursday's output, where he allowed four goals on 25 shots.

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Making his first start since Nov. 15, Varlamov allowed four goals on 25 shots in Thursday's overtime loss to the Flames.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this outing is how close it was to being a good game for Varlamov -- he was on pace to allow just two goals and come away with a win, but allowed Dennis Wideman to score for the second time in the game with just 1:17 remaining, then gave up the winner in overtime to Sean Monahan. Just goes to show you the narrow difference between good and bad goaltending performances in the NHL. He'd missed more than two weeks with a groin injury, though, so a little rust is forgivable for Colorado's starting netminder.

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Varlamov (groin) has been activated from IR and will start Thursday's game against the Flames.

The Avalanche sent Calvin Pickard to the minors to make room for Varlamov, with coach Patrick Roy saying that he expects his No. 1 netminder to play "a lot" immediately upon returning. Varlamov's overall numbers have been poor over his 13 outings (4-5-4, 2.95 GAA, and .918 save percentage), but with the Avs playing their best hockey of the season at the moment, the wins could start coming with more frequency for him.

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Calvin Pickard will start Monday as Varlamov needs more time to get to full speed from a groin injury, the Denver Post reports.

It was thought Varlamov would return Monday, but now it looks like he'll be back Thursday or later.

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Varlamov (groin) reported significant improvement following Friday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Varlamov's participation in practice amounts to great news for the Avs, who have been forced to get by with the undesirable duo of Calvin Pickard and Reto Berra in goal over the last four games. It seems unlikely that Varlamov will be cleared to play in time for Saturday's game against the Stars, but there's a realistic chance that the goalie will return to the net Monday versus the Canadiens, assuming he continues to progress well.