|Date of Birth||4/27/1988|
|Height, Weight||6'2", 209 lbs|
|Drafted||2006 - Rd 1 (23rd Overall) by WSH|
Varlamov allowed four goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Nashville.
Varlamov has been able to bail his team out a few times this season, but this ugly performance in front of him was too much to overcome. Nashville held a 34-21 edge in shots on goal and never really looked in trouble despite falling behind 1-0 early in the second period. While Varlamov has been in excellent form this season, it's hard to imagine him winning consistently if Colorado continues to give up an average of 32 shots per game like it has in his first five starts.
Varlamov will be the starting goalie for Tuesday night's road showdown against the Predators, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
After a poor 2016-17 season that saw him post an .898 save percentage and saw him miss much of the year to a groin injury, Varlamov has experienced a renaissance to start the current campaign, posting a .944 save percentage and 1.76 GAA to go with his three victories. That said, the Predators are always a tough team to play in their home arena and they have already potted 10 goals in two games there so far, making Tuesday's matchup a potentially difficult one for the Russian netminder.
Varlamov suffered his first loss of the season with 33 saves in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Dallas.
Varlamov is off to a very strong start with a 3-1-0 record and a .944 save percentage in four games.
Varlamov made 33 saves in a 3-1 loss to Dallas. He allowed two goals.
Varlamov has had a fabulous start to the season and allowed just seven goals in four games. He has a 3-1 record and strong ratios, although it's really only a matter of time before Colorado comes back to earth. Take advantage of his impressive start now before it's too late.
Varlamov is expected to get the starting nod against Dallas on Saturday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
The decision to use Varlamov in the second half of the Avalanche's back-to-back probably boils down to allowing backup Jonathan Bernier to play against his former club. The 29-year-old Varlamov is undefeated to begin the 2017-18 campaign -- including a shutout performance versus Boston -- and could push for 60 games if he continues to excel between the pipes.