Goalie nods: After getting hooked versus Calgary, Varlamov back in for Avs

Tonight, Semyon Varlamov will get a chance to make amends for Saturday’s rough outing against the Flames when the Avs host Calgary at Pepsi.

Though according to head coach Patrick Roy, Varlamov’s outing wasn’t even really that bad.

“Varly played well,” Roy said, per the Denver Post. “He didn’t play as well against Toronto (Dec. 21), but he was really good in the other games. If not for him against Chicago in the second period, we could have been three or four goals behind.

“Even in the (Calgary) game, I thought he was not responsible for goals. We just had a hard time (picking) up guys in front of the net. They were perfect tips, under the bar, post and in. He certainly wasn’t responsible for that game.”

Varlamov was been a big part of Colorado’s December resurgence, so it’s not overly surprising Roy wants to get him back in for a key Western Conference clash with the Kings. Roy also added he didn’t want to use AHL netminder Calvin Pickard — up with the parent club due to Reto Berra‘s injury — for the remainder of the Avs’ current homestand.

For the Kings, looks as though Jhonas Enroth will get the start in goal.


— Good matchup in New Jersey, where Petr Mrazek — who looks to have taken over the No. 1 gig in Detroit — goes up against Devils workhorse Cory Schneider.

— Battle of the backups in St. Louis: Andrew Hammond goes for the Sens, Brian Elliott for the Blues.

Eddie Lack has been in good form for Carolina lately, but it’ll be Cam Ward that gets the start in Edmonton (in his home province of Alberta). The Oilers are countering with Cam Talbot.

Louis Domingue goes for Arizona tonight in Vancouver. With Ryan Miller still on IR, Jacob Markstrom is the presumed starter for the Canucks.


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