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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov Will Not Start

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will need to wait until next year to face the Washington Capitals. He is out for Saturday's game against his former team with a minor back injury, according to the Avalanche's official Twitter feed. Saturday's game is the only contest between the two teams this year (and neither is in a playoff position this season, making a Stanley Cup Finals matchup a joke).

Jean-Sebastien Giguere last started for the Avalanche on Dec. 8, two days after he allowed two goals in relief of Varlamov in a 6-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. In that Dec. 8 start, Giguere allowed three goals in the 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. He is 4-4-40 with a 1.95 goals against average in his first season with the Avalanche. His last win came on Nov. 18 in a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Capitals blog Japer's Rink.