Varlamov hoping to face Caps

Varlamov hoping to face Caps
December 17, 2011, 2:57 pm

So who is the better "goalie of the future?"

Is it 23-year-old Semyon Varlamov, who was taken 23rd overall by the Capitals in 2006?

Or is it 23-year-old Michal Neuvirth, who was taken 34th overall by the Capitals in the same draft?

We may get a glimpse tonight when the two are expected to face each other for the first time since the Caps traded Varlamov to the Avs for a first and second round draft pick.

Although veteran backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere (1.95 GAA, .923 save percentage) has posted better numbers than Varlamov (3.14, .896), the 23-year-old former Capital is expected to be between the pipes tonight.

"I don't know who is going to play against the Capitals," Varlamov told the Denver Post, "but I'm excited to see this team because I was a member of that team. But, I think, nothing special."

The Caps will go with Michal Neuvirth, who split time with Varlamov between the pipes last season. Neuvirth is coming off Thursday night's 26-save shutout over the Winnipeg Jets. It was the second shutout of the season for the Caps and the first since Tomas Vokoun blanked the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Oct. 18.

Neuvirth now ranks tied for eighth all-time in Capitals history in shutouts, third among goaltenders originally drafted by Washington (Olie Kolzig 35, Jim Carey 14).