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Avs coach Roy calls shot totals ‘big-time overrated’

Patrick Roy, Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche and head coach Patrick Roy appear on the bench during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado won 3-2. (September 27, 2013 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Earlier today, we wrote about Colorado’s reliance (over-reliance?) on goalie Semyon Varlamov, who’s made an NHL-high 1,715 saves this season in helping the Avalanche to their first playoff berth since 2010.

Turns out Avs head coach Patrick Roy addressed the issue of all those shots following practice this morning. Fast forward to 4:50 of the video below to see what he says:

In a nutshell, he doesn’t think it’s a big deal. In fact, as an ex-goalie (and a pretty good one), he thinks seeing so many shots each game may be helping Varlamov stay focused.

Only four teams -- Washington, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Toronto -- have surrendered more shots per game than the Avs (32.8).

(h/t PHT commenter petermanpeter)