Will Avalanche end regular season on a gamble?

Will Avalanche end regular season on a gamble?
April 10, 2014, 4:15 pm
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With only a few finals points left up for grabs, the Colorado Avalanche have some tough decisions to make.

After finishing dead last in the Western Conference during last year's lockout-shortened season, new head coach Patrick Roy has turned things around for his team, as the Avs currently stand in second in the Central Division.

With three games remaining, Colorado could finish anywhere between first in the conference to third in the division, but is it worth playing the starting guys at this point in the season opposed to letting them rest for the postseason?

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The Denver Post's Mike Kiszla discussed the topic, and whether Roy should keep netminder Semyon Varlamov between the pipes throughout their final matchups or give their MVP some time to rest before the real competition begins.

At this point, Roy wants to play Varlamov as little as possible. He's already said that backups J.S. Giguere and Reto Berra will start the Avs' next two games. We've all seen that Roy's a gambler, and so far his approach has worked out quite tremendously for his team.

Now he hopes to have a rested goaltender as well as a top seed in the conference. The Avalanche have games remaining against the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks.

CSNChicago.com will keep you posted on the latest news about the NHL standings as the playoffs approach.