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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
18-4-1 37
14-8-1 29
12-7-2 26
10-7-6 26
12-10-2 26
11-10-2 24
11-10-1 23
8-14-4 20

2023 Goaltending

Overtime Loss
Goals Against Average
Saves Percentage
Regular Season 4 3 1 2.49 .926 2

Top Semyon Varlamov News

  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Squeaks by in overtime win

    Varlamov kicked out 39 of 43 shots in a 5-4 overtime win over Carolina on Thursday.

    Carolina outshot the Islanders in every period, including a staggering 30-7 combined over the second and third frames, so without Varlamov's efforts, this game likely would have gone differently. He has a favorable 2.49 GAA and .926 save percentage in eight contests this season, but those numbers are heavily influenced by the two shutouts he collected from Oct. 28-Nov. 2. Over his last five appearances, Varlamov has a 3.38 GAA and an .896 save percentage.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Starting in Carolina

    Varlamov will defend the visiting crease versus Carolina on Thursday, Stefen Rosner of The Hockey News reports.

    Varlamov is 3-3-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .930 save percentage this season. He will make his second appearance in six games, as Ilya Sorokin is the undisputed No. 1 netminder with the Islanders. It's a tough matchup for the Islanders, as they are in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the second-place Hurricanes, who are tied for 10th in NHL scoring, averaging 3.33 goals per game.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Earns victory in Canada's capital

    Varlamov allowed three goals on 31 shots in Friday's 5-3 road win against the Senators.

    Varlamov held on for the victory thanks to four unanswered goals from the end of the first period to the middle of the second stanza. The 35-year-old netminder picked up his first victory since Nov. 2 in Washington, ending his three-game winless skid. He'll likely get a rest Saturday in the second end of a back-to-back situation against Philadelphia.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Slated to face Senators

    Varlamov is expected to start on the road against Ottawa on Friday, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    Varlamov will attempt to bounce back after losing his last three contests while allowing 10 goals on 90 shots (.889 save percentage) over that stretch. Through six appearances this season, he has a 2-3-1 record, 2.18 GAA and .934 save percentage. The Senators rank fourth offensively this campaign with 3.73 goals per game.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Loses in shootout

    Varlamov stopped 29 of 32 shots in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout loss to the Kraken on Thursday.

    All three of the goals allowed by Varlamov ended up coming on the power play. This marks the third consecutive game where Varlamov has failed to pick up a win, and he's allowed at least three goals in all of those contests. While the Russian netminder seems to be the second option behind Ilya Sorokin, Varly has gotten off to a solid start to the season, posting a 2-3-1 record with a 2.18 GAA and a .934 save percentage. If he continues his excellent play in net, he could start to carve out more starts for the Islanders moving forward.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Tending twine Thursday

    Varlamov will protect the road goal versus the Kraken on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Varlamov gets the second half of a back-to-back after Ilya Sorokin took a 4-3 overtime loss to the Canucks on Wednesday. Varlamov has allowed seven goals over his last two games, but he'll get a matchup against a slumping Kraken team that is 1-3-2 over the last six games.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Great saves not enough

    Varlamov made 24 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Capitals on Saturday. He allowed three goals.

    He made some incredible saves, including a highlight-reel diving stop on Nicolas Aube-Kubel in the second period, but Nic Dowd hammered in the rebound for a 2-1 Capitals' lead. Varlamov's teammates couldn't solve Hunter Shepard at the other end despite having a lot of offensive zone time and many good looks. Varly has lost two consecutive games, allowing seven goals in that span, after ringing up two shutouts in the previous two contests. But Ilya Sorokin is also struggling with a 1-2-3 record and 24 goals allowed in his last six starts. Playing time will likely continue to be distributed like it has in the past, but if Varlamov gets hot then he could get a short-term boost.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Facing Capitals

    Varlamov will defend the home crease versus Washington on Saturday, according to Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    This will be Varlamov's second start in the last three games as Ilya Sorokin is getting some time off. Varlamov is 2-2-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .950 save percentage. He was perfect against the Capitals on Nov. 2, stopping all 32 shots in a 3-0 victory.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Stuck with loss after late fade

    Varlamov turned aside 27 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.

    The Islanders held a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, but for the second straight game they suffered a late meltdown, and Varlamov couldn't steal a win for his squad. It was a tough comedown after the veteran netminder had recorded back-to-back shutouts in his prior two starts, but Varlamov will likely remain in a timeshare with Ilya Sorokin until the younger goalie regains his form.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: In goal against Wild

    Per Andrew Gross of Newsday, Varlamov was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll guard the home goal against Minnesota on Tuesday.

    Varlamov was unbeatable in his last start Thursday against the Capitals, stopping all 32 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 victory and his second shutout of the season. He'll try to extend his personal winning streak to three games in a favorable road matchup with a Wild team that's gone 1-3-1 on the road this year.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Second straight shutout

    Varlamov made 32 saves in a 3-0 win over the Capitals on Thursday.

    It was Varlamov's second straight shutout. Washington appeared to pull it to 3-1 at the midpoint of the third period when a shot from the high slot deflected in off T.J. Oshie. But it was overturned on challenge when the video review determined Oshie had interfered with Varlamov. Varly became the third netminder this season with two shutouts, joining Tristan Jarry of Pittsburgh and Jonas Johansson of Tampa Bay. The crease is still Ilya Sorokin's, but Varlamov could get another start right away given his hot hand.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Facing Capitals

    Varlamov will patrol the visiting crease versus Washington on Thursday, Stefen Rosner of The Hockey News reports.

    Varlamov was outstanding in his last start, stopping all 34 shots in a 2-0 win over Columbus on Saturday. Varlamov is 1-1-0 this season, turning aside 73 of 76 shots. He will face the Capitals, who are tied for 29th in the NHL with 19 goals in eight games.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Steps up with shutout

    Varlamov posted a 34-save shutout in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Varlamov played with a lead for a majority of the contest, but he still had to be sharp in a goaltending duel with Spencer Martin. The Islanders got goals from Kyle Palmieri and Matt Martin to help Varlamov earn his first win of the season. The 35-year-old netminder has allowed three goals on 77 shots over two starts while seeing a small workload behind Ilya Sorokin, who will handle the majority of the time between the pipes. The shutout was the 39th of Varlamov's career.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Set to start Saturday

    Varlamov was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports, indicating he will defend the road net Saturday against Columbus.

    Varlamov, who is poised to make his second start of the season, is coming off a 39-save performance in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Oct. 21. In 17 career appearances against the Blue Jackets, he has posted a 9-5-2 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: No help from teammates

    Varlamov made 40 saves Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo.

    Varlamov gave the Isles a chance, but he got zero help from his teammates other than a goal that went in off a Buffalo defender. His efforts probably kept this game from being a complete blowout. The Isles have an elite tandem with Ilya Sorokin and Varlamov, but at some point they need to figure out how to score, as they have just nine goals over four contests to date.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Starting Saturday

    Varlamov will be in the visiting crease versus Buffalo on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    It will be Varlamov's first start of the season. Varlamov is solidified as the backup goaltender to Ilya Sorokin with the Islanders and should get 25-30 starts this season. Varlamov was 11-9-2 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 save percentage last season. Varlamov lost his only game against the Sabres last season, but it was not his fault as he stopped 33 shots in a 1-0 defeat.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Stays with Islanders

    Varlamov signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Islanders on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Varlamov posted a record of 11-9-2 last season with a 2.70 GAA and a .913 save percentage over 23 appearances. He will continue to occupy the backup role behind Ilya Sorokin in 2023-24.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Loses in first start in two weeks

    Varlamov made 33 saves in a 2-0 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.

    Varlamov allowed just one goal by Kyle Okposo, who was gifted the puck in tight when a shot from the right point deflected off Anders Lee and onto his stick. The netminder had no time to react and Okposo put it in off the near post. It was Varlamov's first start in two weeks -- it's hard to get ice time behind Ilya Sorokin, one of the NHL's best at his craft.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Guarding cage Saturday

    Varlamov will guard the road goal Saturday against Buffalo.

    Varlamov, who last played March 11 in a 5-1 loss to Washington, has a record of 11-8-2 this season with a 2.79 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He will get the second half of the Islanders' back-to-back after Ilya Sorokin played in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to Columbus. The Sabres rank third in the league this campaign with 3.59 goals per game.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Samara, USSR
Age: 35
Experience: 15
Shoots: Left