TAMPA, Fla. - It is silly to go there just yet. No, we don't have a goaltending controversy on the Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov is still the No. 1 goalie. But another game or two like his last couple of outings? Sure, we could see a change on the depth chart. That's hockey, that's sports and Varlamov is officially on the clock to get things going in a positive way again.
Varlamov was pulled in the second period of Saturday's 7-1 blowout Avs loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (as opposed to the close-fought 7-1 loss, yes I know), after allowing five goals. In a little more than his last four periods played, Varlamov has allowed 11 goals, with six coming Tuesday night against Pittsburgh. Philipp Grubauer relieved him, and promptly gave up a big, juicy rebound that led to the sixth Lightning goal.
No, Varly wasn't great, but he nonetheless came into the game with a .923 saves percentage - considerably higher than Grubauer's .909. He got little help from his sloppy teammates against Tampa Bay, a brutal defensive first two periods that saw the Lightning seemingly do whatever it wanted.