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Avs to give 20-year-old Finnish goalie NHL debut tonight vs. Kings

Apr 11, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

SamiAittokallio

The Colorado Avalanche aren’t handling Sami Aittokallio with kid gloves.

That’s the story out of Los Angeles on Thursday as the Avs announced they’ll start Aittokallio — a 20-year-old goalie from AHL Lake Erie — against the defending Stanley Cup champs tonight at Staples Center.

Colorado, the league’s last-place team, is without No. 1 goalie Semyon Varlamov (hip) and has started 35-year-old Jean-Sebastien Giguere in four of the last five games.

So, enter Aittokallio, Colorado’s fourth-round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft that’s posted a 14-11-1 record with a 2.89 GAA and .903 save percentage with the Monsters this season.

While not exactly seasoned at the pro level, Aittokallio knows a thing or two about playing under difficult circumstances. Playing for Team Finland at the 2012 World Juniors, Aittokallio stopped 56 shots in a semifinal shootout loss to Sweden.

The Finns were out-shot 58-24 in the game.

  1. esracerx46 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    We sure Varly is hurt and not in Vegas? The Avs are really pushin hard for Jones or Mackinnon.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Jones is the pick. But I agree, if the Avs where in the thick of things, Varly would be in net.

      • wethog66 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        And thats the reason why the Caps sent Varley packing. He would be out for stretches with mutiple injuries, then his last playoffs with the Caps Varley is coming off another nagging injurt, but the Caps gave Neuvy the start over him and Varley got pissy.

        Professionals need to play threw nagging injuries regardless of where their team is in the standings. Varley needs to learn that lesson sooner rather than later.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    As a monsters fan , this guy deserves it , he’s worked hard he looks solid , I think he’ll do we’ll tonight

  3. rsl22 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Varly injured? Shocking.

    • wethog66 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      That’s the Varley us Caps fans know and love.

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