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Devon Toews: 5GA
Devon Toews hasn’t been having a good week. Through four games he sits second on the team goals-against table for defensemen with five goals against. Only Nick Leddy has allowed more goals against. What helps Leddy out is that he’s been out there for five goals-for, while Toews was out there for two.
(All at 5on5.)
To be fair to Toews, he’s also still learning the NHL game. Since making his debut last season, Toews has played just over a full NHL season with 83 games to his name. He’s still going to make mistakes.
With Andrew Ladd now in the lineup, Ross Johnston finds himself on the outside looking in. He went from playing alongside Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee on the top line to not even making the game day team against Columbus.
Semyon Varlamov: 0.806SV%, 3.33GAA
Barry Trotz broke his season-long goalie rotation on December 21st and put Semyon Varlamov in nets in back-to-back games. The Nashville game aside, Varlamov had performed well, including a 0.931SV% effort against the Boston Bruins, he deserved back-to-back start.
Unfortunately, he didn’t reward his coach for that decision. Against Anaheim, Varlamov allowed five goals and put up a 0.821SV%.
In three games played he averaged a terrible 3.33GAA and equally terrible 0.806SV%. Trotz is probably going to stick with the rotation a bit longer.