Patrick Roy knows a thing or two about getting his netminders going. Starting J.S. Giguere against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight might seem like an interesting move considering the goalie has lost his last two starts while Semyon Varlamov has continued to be impressive lately.
It seems fitting for the way this coach has run the team since taking over this season though.
JS Giguere in net for Avs against Blackhawks
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Roy’s tenure has been all about stepping up to the plate, accountability and compete level. The message here seems to be a clear one then. He wants to see his No. 2 goalie rise to the occasion against the defending Stanley Cup champions while on the road. Challenges don’t get much more daunting for struggling netminders.
Giguere has responded to this kind of push from Roy before though, and what’s the worst that could happen? He could give up two goals on the first seven shots he sees, and then it’ll be Varlamov in to save the day. What the Avalanche has to gain fair outweighs the potential negatives here though.
A win for the backup here will surely send his confidence soaring. Something that makes Colorado an even more dangerous team, given the netminder’s pull within the locker room. The Avalanche only have one win in their last four contests, and this is a great gamble by Roy in an attempt to get his team fired up to play in front of one of the team’s more vocal leaders.