He has been out of the Colorado Avalanche lineup since December, but now it looks as though Semyon Varlamov is ready to return to the crease after missing the past 12 games with a lower-body injury. Varlamov has been practicing with the team for a while now and according to BSN Denver, the 29-year old netminder has fully recovered and ready for game action.
Despite Varlamov’s health, it’s Jonathan Bernier who we are going to see make the start tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.
Bernier has been incredible since taking over as the team’s starting goalie. Since the start of January, he has a league-leading eight wins and has put up an amazing .939 sv%. Even though Varlamov is ready, it’s not surprising that coach Bednar is going to ride the hot hand has the team looks to end a three game losing streak tonight.
There is a good chance that we see Varlamov in net as the Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets Saturday evening.
Though he was the starter when he got hurt, there’s no guarantee that Varlamov will remain the number one as we move forward. In fact, we shouldn’t be surprised if we see more of a time-share for the remainder of the season.
In 26 games this season, Varlamov is 13-9-2 with a below league average 0.912 sv%.