Game 42 preview: Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Washington Capitals on 30 December 2013.

You know the drill. The Ottawa Senators have lost nine straight games in games following a win. Will the tenth time be the charm? The Senators did win the back end of a back-to-back for the first time on Saturday so there is that. There will be no changes with Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips still out with injuries. Craig Anderson will start again.

Here are the lines:

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Greening - Smith - Neil
Michalek - Zibanejad - Conacher
Kassian - Pageau - Condra

Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Corvo
Wiercioch - Ceci

Anderson (starter)
Lehner

Some notes for tonight:

  • There is half a season to go. The Leafs are on pace for 90 points. The Senators need to go the equivalent of 23-13-5 to get there.
  • Ottawa has gone 3-1-1 in the last two weeks against playoff teams but 0-2-0 against those on the outside.
  • The Capitals are a terrible 5-on-5 team but have a lethal power play. The Senators have to find a way to defend without taking penalties.
  • Tonight's game features some of the players with the longest shift length. Mike Green is first at 59 seconds while Erik Karlsson and Alexander Ovechkin are tied for second at 58 seconds.
  • Mika Zibanejad continues to be dominant from a possession standpoint. Hopefully he can bump Zack Smith down the ladder in the coach's eyes. Bobby Ryan also continues to be used sparingly for a player with 35 points.
  • Erik Karlsson leads the Senators in shots, missed shots and shots blocked. Karlsson has had 108 shots blocked while no one else on the team has reached 50.

Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.

Category Ottawa Washington
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 18 Alexander Ovechkin 30
Assists Erik Karlsson 27 Nicklas Backstrom 34
Points Erik Karlsson 37 Nicklas Backstrom 44
Shots Erik Karlsson 130 Alexander Ovechkin 202
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:16 John Carlson 24:41

Category Ottawa Washington
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.78 11th 2.90 7th
Goals Against 3.15 28th 2.87 23rd
Corsi Close % 50.8% 14th 46.7% 26th
Fenwick Close % 49.7% 16th 46.1% 27th
Shots For 33.1 3rd 30.3 13th
Shots Against 34.1 27th 34.8 28th
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