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Varlamov, Avalanche seek to continue torrid start

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

DENVER -- Off to the best start in franchise history, the Central Division-leading Colorado Avalanche close out a two-game homestand Sunday evening against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche have posted a 9-1-0 record to tie the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques, who also won nine of their first 10 games and went 12-1-0 in their first 13 games. The Avalanche also registered 18 points in their first 10 games in the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship season when they went 8-0-2 and improved to 9-0-2 before losing in regulation for the first time.

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche, who have won three games in a row. Varlamov has won six of seven starts with a 1.73 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

Al Montoya is expected to give goalie Ondrej Pavelec a break and make his second start of the season for the Jets. Montoya made 24 saves Oct. 13 in the Jets' 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.

Pavelec made 35 saves and stopped all three shootout shots he faced Saturday in the Jets' 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars. The Jets have played three consecutive overtime or shootout games. They lost a 5-4 shootout decision to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and lost 3-2 in overtime to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Here are the projected lineups:

JETS

Andrew Ladd -- Bryan Little -- Devin Setoguchi

Evander Kane -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Anthony Peluso -- Olli Jokinen -- Michael Frolik

Eric Tangradi -- James Wright -- Matt Halischuk

Dustin Byfuglien -- Grant Clitsome

Tobias Enstrom -- Zach Bogosian

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Al Montoya

Ondrej Pavelec

Injured: Jim Slater (lower body), Jacob Trouba (neck)

Scratches: Patrice Cormier, Adam Pardy, Chris Thorburn

AVALANCHE

Ryan O'Reilly -- Matt Duchene -- Steve Downie

Gabriel Landeskog -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tanguay

Jamie McGinn -- Nathan MacKinnon -- PA Parenteau

Marc-Andre Cliche -- John Mitchell -- Patrick Bordeleau

Andre Benoit -- Cory Sarich

Jan Hejda -- Erik Johnson

Ryan Wilson -- Nate Guenin

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Injured: None

Scratches: Tyson Barrie, Nick Holden

Suspended: Cody McLeod

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild