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Yeo’s scouting report on Varlamov reveals: ‘This is a great goalie’

Apr 17, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

Semyon Varlamov, Matt Duchene, Nino Niederreiter AP

Of all the goalies in the NHL — and there were 97 that saw action this season — not one of them made more saves than Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov.

In total, the 25-year-old Russian stopped 1,867 shots, which was 132 more than the Stars’ Kari Lehtonen, who finished second in the category.

With all due respect to the Avs’ dynamic group of young forwards, goaltending was the biggest reason Colorado finished first in the Central Division. And beating Varlamov will be the biggest challenge for the Wild starting tonight at the Pepsi Center.

“We’ve done a scouting report. We’ve watched a lot of video. This is a great goalie,” said Minnesota coach Mike Yeo, per the StarTribune. “He’s very athletic, great side-to-side.”

Varlamov went 3-0-1 versus the Wild during the regular season, stopping 117 of 126 shots for a .929 save percentage. According to Yeo, time will be of the essence for Minnesota’s shooters.

“The one thing I believe with any great goalie is the quicker you shoot the puck, the better off you are,” he said. “He does a very good job of coming out and closing angles and making himself big in the net. The quicker you get the puck off your stick, the more net there is to shoot.

“We have to have a strong focus of making sure we’re putting a lot of traffic in front of him, making it difficult for him to come out and be aggressive on those shots.”

Related: Get your game notes: Wild at Avalanche

  1. esracerx46 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Just not a good person.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      allegedly.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Funny how folks look right past that, eh?

    • purpleguy - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Are any guys that are physically abusive with women good people? Unless that girlfriend popped herself to create those marks, he’s scum regardless of his hockey skills.

    • yetidad - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Agreed.

  2. vstar1us - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Purple duff

    Unless you seen it don’t say it!

    Go Wild

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I hope you were defending that FSU quarterback as vehemently.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        He was innocent too. And people wonder why allegations and false accusations can be just as harmful as a conviction.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        I am not disagreeing, I have just seen enough cases where innocent until proven guilty only applies to the team for which you root.

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