Varly is top-five in each category and it shouldn’t go understated just how good he’s been this year. Last night, was no different but there’s more to the story than just that.
For the third time this year, Varlamov shut out the Rangers. He’s now an owner of a 4-1 record against them with an incredible .971 save percentage and a 0.81 goals against average. That’s unbelievable.
While Varlamov’s numbers aren’t great against Philadelphia, Washington, and Pittsburgh, he’s been downright dominant against every other team in the division this year. Heck, even some Islander fan had some fun with Semyon Varlamov’s Wikipedia page:
Time and time again, the Islanders goalies have kept them in games this season. The pair of Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin has combined for a .924 save percentage and a 2.10 goals against average.
This is now three years and a row (outside of a month stretch in 2019-2020) where the Isles have gotten elite-level goalie play. Barry Trotz, Mitch Korn, and Piero Greco deserve a ton of credit for the Islanders success in net since 2018.
One of the most important things that a team needs going into the playoffs is a hot goalie. For the record, the Isles already have two! It’s a good problem to have as most teams don’t even have one goalie they feel comfortable with in the playoffs.
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If, and it’s a big if, the scoring can get going the Isles will be dangerous again come playoff time. As we’ve known, for three years, this team is more than fine in net. And it’s a little bit sweeter when the dominance comes against the Rangers.