Colorado Avalanche: 3 Players Facing Increased Pressure with the Win Streak

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 20: Members of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate after a win against the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center on January 20, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 20: Members of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate after a win against the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center on January 20, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 18: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier /

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Goalie Jonathan Bernier has an eight-game winning streak, the longest since Patrick Roy in 1999. But Bernier is the backup and in goal because Semyon Varlamov is injured. Varlamov is still a couple weeks away from returning.

Bernier is probably feeling a little extra pressure, too, though. The Colorado Avalanche have always over-relied on their goalies. And there may be a fight for the number-one spot when Varlamov returns. Plus, a winning streak for a goalie is already a pressurized situation since he controls so much of his own and the whole team’s destiny.

Really, you have to be a special kind of person to become a goalie.

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In any case, the entire Colorado Avalanche team should expect some extra pressure. They’re  off on a three-game road trip with 13 of their next 16 games being on the road. Their record on the road (42% winnning) isn’t nearly as good as at home (50% winning).

And they have that tenuous hold on the last wild card playoff berth — equal points with two games in hand but in the ridiculous Central Division. (Pacific Division, they’d be third in the whole division. Same with the Metropolitan Division. In the Eastern Conference, they’d be in the first wild card slot.)

We’re seeing meaningful hockey, Avs Nation.