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Varlamov allowed two goals on 22 shots before outlasting the Bruins in a 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday.
Varly was clearly outperformed on the other end by the Bruins' Tuukka Rask (34 of 26 saves), but was good when he needed to be and perfect in the shootout to get Colorado back in the win column after two straight losses. A recent run of improved play has the Avalanche within three points of a playoff spot, so look for Varlamov to continue to build on his 2.66 GAA and .921 save percentage coming out of the All-Star break next week.
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Varlamov will start in goal Wednesday against the Bruins, the Avs' official site reports.
Varlamov -- who has dropped his last two decisions -- will square off against a Bruins squad that will be playing in the second of back-to-back road contests Wednesday, after topping the Stars 3-1 on Tuesday for the team's sixth win in seven games.
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Varlamov managed 27 of 30 saves Monday but it wouldn't be enough as the Avalanche fell 3-1 to the Blues.
Another tough one for Varly, who has now dropped two games in a row to a pair of top-flight teams (Tampa and St. Louis) despite making 56 of 61 saves. He's certainly due for an all-around improvement to his numbers in the second half, but owners should know that despite his above-average .940 save perecentage and 2.11 GAA in January, he'll have a tougher time picking up victories than other goalies with worse ratios on better teams (Jaroslav Halak being the best example) limiting his value in some leagues that favor the win category.
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Varlamov is slated to start Monday's game against the Blues, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Per the report, Varlamov is also on track to start Wednesday's game against the Bruins, the Avs' last game before the upcoming NHL All-Star break.
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Varlamov made 29 saves through overtime, but allowed two goals on three shots in the shootout in a 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.
He's just 10-10-5, but he does deliver owners a solid save percentage -- he sees a ton of rubber. Roll him if you need a boost in that category.
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Coach Patrick Roy confirmed that Varlamov would start in goal Saturday against the Lightning, Marc Moser of Altitude TV reports.
Varlamov has backstopped the Avs to victories in four of his last five starts, stopping over 30 shots on all occasions. He figures to see a ton of rubber once again in a matchup against the league's highest-scoring attack, which should enable to once again deliver a strong save count. Even if Varlamov doesn't come away with a win Saturday, the strong rate stats he'll supply to fantasy owners might be enough to justify keeping him active.
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Varlamov turned aside 30 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-2 win over Florida.
That's four wins in the last five games for the Russian netminder, who started this streak with a ridiculous 54-save shutout on Jan. 6. He continues to face a ton of rubber thanks to the unhelpful Colorado defense in front of him, as the 32 shots Varly saw Thursday actually mark the fewest he's faced over the course of this run. He's made a ridiculous 193 saves on 202 shots (.955 save percentage) during these five games. Wow.
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Varlamov is in line to start Thursday's game against the Panthers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Varlamov is back in business Thursday for the Avs, after getting a breather on Tuesday when Calvin Pickard drew the team's start in net against the Hurricanes.
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Varlamov made 36 saves but it wasn't enough as he got little offensive support in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Capitals.
Varlamov's been great in 2015, as he's now made 36 or more saves in four consecutive starts, allowing just seven goals in that span. He'll finally get a day off on Tuesday as Calvin Pickard will rejoin the team, but owners should keep 26-year-old rolling while he's hot when he's back in net.
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Varlamov will make the start in goal Monday versus the Capitals, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
It will be the eighth and final consecutive start for Varlamov, who will give way to Calvin Pickard for the second half of the Avs' back-to-back set Tuesday in Carolina. After enduring a couple false starts to his season due to a bothersome groin, a healthy Varlamov looks to be back in form for the Avs. He's won three in a row and has compiled a .947 save percentage over five January starts.