The goaltending matchup every Caps fan was waiting to see will not happen after all as the Colorado Avalanche have decided to sit Semyon Varlamov for tonight's game in Denver.
Varlamov was traded by the Capitals to the Avs over the summer for a first and second round pick and this was to be the first and only time this season the two would square off. Varly was expected to face off with Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth, who was drafted along with Varlmov by the Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Colorado will instead go with netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a veteran with much better stats than Varly so far this season. Varlamov has struggled by going 10-13-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Gigure on the other hand has posted a 4-4-0 record with a 1.95 GAA and .923 save percentage.
The 23-year-old Varlamov played three seasons in Washington and appeared in 59 regular season games with the club. He also played in 19 playoff games and helped the Capitals to a first round win against the New York Rangers in 2009.