JS Giguere went off the ice first here at the Pepsi Center. He'll get the start against the #caps— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) December 17, 2011
The Caps traded Varlamov to the Avalanche in July for two draft picks. He has a pedestrian 10-13-1 record with a 3.14 GAA and .896 SV%. Giguere is 4-4-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .923 SV%.
Varlamov started for Colorado Thursday in their 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Avalanche held a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Varlamov allowed three goals on 11 shots as the Sharks came back to win.
Michal Neuvirth, Varlamov's former partner, will start for Washington.