Goalie nods: Montoya starts second straight, Varlamov in for Avs


News and notes from around the blue paint…

Jets turn back to Montoya

Winnipeg has made an interesting decision for Wednesday night’s game against Chicago, putting backup Al Montoya in for the second straight game.

Montoya, who relieved struggling starter Ondrej Pavelec during Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks, looked solid on Monday in a 4-2 win over the Red Wings. Though he hasn’t played much this season — just four games — Montoya does have good numbers, boasting a 2-1-0 record with a 1.69 GAA and .939 save percentage.

For Chicago, Corey Crawford will get the start in goal.

Varlamov gets second start post-arrest

Semyon Varlamov will make his second start for Colorado following Thursday’s arrest on allegations of domestic violence. The 25-year-old Russian is 8-1-0 on the year with a .944 save percentage and 1.78 GAA, and won his first start after the alleged incident by stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 win over Dallas on Friday.

Varlamov and the Avs will take on Nashville tonight. The Preds are expected to start Carter Hutton in goal.


— Big goaltending matchup on NBCSN’s Rivalry Night as Marc Andre-Fleury gets the nod for Pittsburgh, while the Rangers will counter with Henrik Lundqvist.

It’ll be Mike Smith going for the Coyotes tonight against Anaheim, 24 hours after he recorded a shootout victory over the Canucks on Tuesday. For the Ducks, Jonas Hiller is in.