With his 4-0 blanking of the St. Louis Blues Saturday, Semyon Varlamov notched his 40th victory this season. The win ties the Colorado Avalanche franchise record in that category, a mark previously held by Patrick Roy, per the team's official website.
Roy, who now serves as Varlamov's head coach, turned in his 40-win season for the team in 2000-01, a campaign that ended with the Avalanche earning a Stanley Cup Championship.
In addition to being one triumph away from sole possession of the team's overall win record, Varlamov, who is 24-9-3 at home this season, needs just one more victory at the Pepsi Center to pass Roy's franchise-best mark in the home-ice win department. Roy set the previous standard by going 24-6-4 at home in 2000-01.
Varlamov's first shot to overtake Roy in both categories is slated to come Sunday night in Denver, as he is in line to get the start in net for Colorado against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be without the services of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta, per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
While the Avs still have five games left on their 2013-14 regular-season slate, Sunday's contest marks the team's home finale, thus giving Varlamov just one chance to capture win No. 25 at the Pepsi Center.
In the process, he'll try to extend the 50-21-6 Avs' six-game roll, which equals a season high.
As well as making Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history with Saturday's win, Varlamov's season mark of 40-14-5 places him atop the NHL's leaderboard in wins, and his 1,799 saves are also a league high.
Stats via NHL.com unless otherwise noted.
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