“That was what we planned to do,” Roy told the Denver Post, just days after his club handed Columbus its first win of the season on Saturday night.
While starting Berra in Florida may have been the strategy all along, it’s hard not to view this as something more.
Varmalov has been bad this year (1-3-1, .869 save percentage, 3.93 GAA), Berra has been good (1-1, .975, 0.85) and Avs really need a win, having lost three straight.
For the Panthers, Roberto Luongo will get the start.
— Frederik Andersen goes for Anaheim in Dallas, on the heels of last night’s 1-0 OT loss to the ‘Hawks in Chicago. Andersen has been excellent this season with a .940 save percentage and 1.71 GAA, but the Ducks’ complete lack of offense has him winless in five starts. Antti Niemi is likely for the Stars.
— It’s Chad Johnson vs. Steve Mason in Philly, as Johnson gets back in after allowing seven goals on 26 shots in last Friday’s ugly loss to Montreal. Mason gets another start after a brilliant outing against the Rangers on the weekend, making 37 saves in a 3-2 win.
— Jonathan Quick, who’s won four straight while posting a 0.99 GAA and .966 save percentage, is likely to start in Winnipeg. The Jets will probably counter with Ondrej Pavelec, after Michael Hutchinson played against Minnesota on Sunday.