The most important position on a hockey team, good or bad, is the goaltender. Sporting one of the youngest teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche will need solid play in the net from their goaltending tandem.
Semyon Varlamov will be looking to continue his outstanding play coming back from the KHL. Before leaving Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, he was leading the league a 1.74 GAA and a .946 save percentage in 16 games. He also posted three shutouts and was scheduled to start in the KHL All Star game prior to the lockout being over.
With a contract that ends at the end of the season and his 36th birthday in May, this season could very well be the last for Jean-Sebastien Giguere. He finished ninth in the league last year in goals against average at 2.27. So, hopefully, Giggy can play well in possibly his last hurrah.
In a compressed 48-game schedule, Varly should start in over 30 games. He also in the last year of his contract and will be looking to cash in on his next one. In all reality, this season will determine if he can carry the load and be the goalie of the future.
Barring injuries, the chances of Colorado of making the playoffs hinge on the play of the two goalies. The season finally kicks off Saturday when the Avs head to Minnesota to play the new-look Wild. Also, check back tomorrow for a run down of the blueliners.
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