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Avs coach Roy calls shot totals ‘big-time overrated’

Mar 31, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

Earlier today, we wrote about Colorado’s reliance (over-reliance?) on goalie Semyon Varlamov, who’s made an NHL-high 1,715 saves this season in helping the Avalanche to their first playoff berth since 2010.

Turns out Avs head coach Patrick Roy addressed the issue of all those shots following practice this morning. Fast forward to 4:50 of the video below to see what he says:

In a nutshell, he doesn’t think it’s a big deal. In fact, as an ex-goalie (and a pretty good one), he thinks seeing so many shots each game may be helping Varlamov stay focused.

Only four teams — Washington, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Toronto — have surrendered more shots per game than the Avs (32.8).

(h/t PHT commenter petermanpeter)

  1. Mark - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Well, it worked out so well for Toronto…

  2. skr213 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    As a Sharks fan, I 100% agree. I can’t count the times this season the Sharks have pummeled the other team with X number of shots, but still lost. Keeping their goalie in the game and on focus can really work against you, especially when so many of the shots are just gimmies, and the best you’re hoping for is some garbage rebounds.

    • hawksnation91 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Story of my life with the Hawks, especially against the Avs. Every time the Hawks have played the Avs this season Chicago dominates puck possession and shots on goal but Varlamov transforms into brick wall and saves everything.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I like Roy, i think hes doing a great job for his rookie year. But with that said, McPhee said the same thing and look at the Caps. But also with that said, the Av’s have a good defensive core, heart and haven’t coughed up 13 two goal leads this season.

  4. petermanpeter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:59 PM

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