Varlamov, Stempniak and Elliott are NHL’s three stars of the week


Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, Devils winger Lee Stempniak and Blue goalie Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.


Varlamov posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.99 goals-against average and .972 save percentage to lift the Avalanche (26-21-3, 55 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Stempniak shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to propel the Devils (25-19-5, 55 points) into the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Elliott went 2-1-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .955 save percentage to backstop the Blues (28-16-8, 64 points) within one point of second place in the Central Division.

You may recall that Varlamov did not start the season well. He had an .889 save percentage in October and an .885 mark in November.

“We just need more from him,” Patrick Roy said after the first two months. “He’s our No. 1 guy and we’re behind him, but we need, we expect more from him.”

Varlamov responded. His save percentage was .942 in December and it’s .926 in January.