Russia has an interesting predicament when it comes to goaltending. It’s very likely that Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov will split time in net, and my guess is that Varlamov gets the majority of the starts. But there’s a newcomer in Andrei Vasilevskiy who I think is more talented than either of his teammates, albeit in a much smaller sample size.
Team Russia Goalies
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
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In 4,010 5v5 minutes, Bobrovsky has put together a .9209 save percentage for the woeful Columbus Blue Jackets over the past two seasons. He’s allowed a GA60 of 2.360 and played in 88 contests.
The less said about the Avalanche netminder the better. He has a .9202 5v5 save percentage over the past two seasons in 5,165 minutes.
I’m not convinced he’ll get any playing time, but in just 1,669 minutes over the past two season the Russian goaltender has a 5v5 save percentage of .9263. His GA60 is only 2.12 and he performed admirably for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last postseason.
First Game: Team Sweden vs. Team Russia, 12 p.m. PT, ESPN