Game 25 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Washington Capitals

Last time Ottawa was in Washington, it was apparently "Backwards Day" - USA TODAY Sports

Capital vs Capital

The Senators are looking to bounce back from the disappointing loss to Carolina on Sunday as the short road trip winds up in Washington.  A win tonight is important to stay in the wild card hunt without needing a huge winning streak down the stretch.

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Conacher - Smith - Neil
Condra - Grant - Greening

Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Corvo
Cowen - Wiercioch

Anderson (starter)
Lehner

Some notes for tonight:

  • Just a heads up, the game is on TSN2 today.  Puck drop is shortly after 7pm.
  • Ovi gonna Ovi.
  • Martin Erat wants out of Washington, and there has been plenty of talk about if the Senators should pursue him.  Could tonight be an audition?  Update: Audition for eating more press box hot dogs than Kassian, maybe, since he's expected to be a healthy scratch tonight.
  • Wait, the Senators have more goals the the Capitals?  WTF?
  • Karlsson gonna Karlsson.
  • Andy has a big opportunity to challenge Lehner for #1 goalie position in the eyes (and hearts) of the fans tonight by making sure Ovi don't Ovi.
  • Special teams could be killer tonight.  Ottawa has a slightly better record at even strength though.
What does Paul MacLean say about tonight?

Here are some stats for the two teams this evening.

Category Ottawa (The Erik Karlsson show, featuring special guest Bobby Ryan) Washington
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 11 Alex Ovechkin 20
Assists Erik Karlsson 17 Nicklas Backstrom 19
Points Erik Karlsson 24 Alex Ovechkin 27
Shots Erik Karlsson 71 Alex Ovechkin 123
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:47 Mike Green 24:08

Category Ottawa Washington
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.83 9th 2.79 11th
Goals Against 3.08 25th 2.75 18th
Corsi Close % 47.9% 22nd 47.6% 24th
Fenwick Close % 46.6% 24th 46.5% 25th
Shots For 31.3 8th 30.2 15th
Shots Against 35.8 29th 34.6 26th
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