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Game 37 Preview: Capitals @ Senators

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators
Oct 5, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) battles with Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
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After a long break, the Sens came back last night with a disappointing performance against the New Jersey Devils. Tonight, they return home to face Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Back to back games have not been friendly to the Sens this season so it will be interesting to see how they respond tonight. The Capitals also played last night so that may even up the chances for the Senators. Neither team practiced this morning but below are the projected lineup per NHL.com:

Senators Projected Line Up

Tkachuk - White - Stone
Tierney - Duchene - Boedker
Dzingel - Smith - Ryan
Paul - Paajarvi

Chabot - DeMelo
Falk - Ceci
Borowiecki - Jaros
Harpur

McKenna (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes:

  • Marcus Hogberg was called up from Belleville this morning, it is believed Anderson sustained an injury last night and with the Sens not playing again until Friday it doesn’t hurt to give him some rest. Boucher will guve an update at 4PM where we will get more clarification on the situation.
  • As of 3:55, the only update on the goalie situation is from Chris Stevenson who is reporting that Hogberg’s call-up is due to Craig Anderson being ill today.
  • Mark Stone is on a 4 game point streak so look for him to continue the streak tonight.
  • Mike McKenna has been playing good enough hockey but how will he react to facing the forces of Ovechkin and Backstrom?
  • Pheonix Copley is expected to start in net for the Caps tonight. That name is just brilliant.

Team and Player stats courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.28 9th 3.59 4th
Goals Against/GP 3.89 31st 3.00 16th
Shots/GP 28.9 25th 29.7 24th
Shots Against/GP 37.9 31st 31.9 20th
Powerplay % 21.9 12th 24.1 8th
Penalty Kill % 73.6 30th 76.0 27th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.87 31st 48.62 22nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.30 31st 48.43 23rd

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 16 Alex Ovechkin 29
Assists Thomas Chabot 27 Nicklas Backstrom 30
Points Mark Stone 40 Alex Ovechkin 43
Shots Thomas Chabot 95 Alex Ovechkin 135
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 24:20 John Carlson 25:31

Game tonight will be at 7:00PM and can be watched on SN360, City TV and NBCSAWA.