Varlamov shines against the Caps
Semyon Varlamov once thought he was the future met minder for years to come in the Nation’s capital. After all, he was drafted in the first round by the Washington Capitals. That changed in 2011. The Caps dealt Varly to Colorado. The Caps decided to go the course of Michal Neuvirth, who was drafted by the Caps the same year as Varlamov, and Braden Holtby, drafted a few years later. Varly led his undefeated Colorado Avalanche into the Verizon Center and dominated the Caps helping the Avs to a 5-1 win.
While Colorado is basking in outstanding goal tending by Varlamov, who has an early 1.00 GAA and a .970 save percentage, Washington is struggling with a 1-4 record and not so impressive goal tending. Braden Holtby, who won the starting job last season, is struggling at 0-3 with a 4.04 GAA and a save percentage of .873. Meanwhile, while Holtby struggles, Nuevirth hasn’t been any better, posting 3.32 GAA and a save percentage of .893.
The Caps have suffered from untimely defensive lapses and the goal tending has been pretty shoddy. Adam Oates has been consistent with his top line formations. At 1-4, it will be interesting to see what, if any, changes Oates brings to increase production.