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Avs: Telling ya, watch out

Published: January 14, 2014, 10:41 pm, by Paul Klee

If Semyon Varlamov performs like he did Tuesday night at the United Center, the Avalanche can win multiple series in the playoffs.

Seventeen skaters, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, and a 3-2 overtime win against the Blackhawks?

Wrote this a week ago, after the Avs beat the Sharks, and it holds true: the Avs are more dangerous than they are being given credit for, capable of winning several series in the playoffs. With a gross list of injuries, Varly gives the Avs a fighting chance. 

“He’s been like that since the start of the year,” Patrick Roy said of his young goaltender.

“That was the type of performance we needed from our goalie to beat the Blackhawks,” he added.

There’s been nothing from Roy that suggests the first-time NHL head coach is surprised at their success. The Avs currently stand fifth in the Western Conference, where an extra point can mean the difference between home-ice advantage and playoff games on the road. Roy’s left the surprise to the rest of the NHL.

Still believe the Blackhawks remain the team to beat in the Western Conference, despite Anaheim’s powerful offense and remarkable run at home. But if the Avalanche continues to draw this caliber of goaltending from Varlamov, the Avs are the team that every contender would rather avoid.

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