Wednesday, December 07, 2011

GDP #28: Sens v Washington

The Sens are back at it tonight, looking to beat another Southeastern opponent and making it 2 wins in a row as they take on the Washington Capitals for the second time in five days in the battle of capital cities, but this time it's at the friendly confines of SBP. The Caps beat the Sens in OT Saturday, so Ottawa will be out for revenge against a struggling team who is just 3-7 in their last 10, compared to the Sens who are 6-2-2 in the same time period.

Craig Anderson is expected to start again tonight for the Sens, while I would imagine that Thomas Vokoun would be in goal for the Caps. In other injury news, Matt Carkner will play tonight for Bingo and will join the team in Jersey tomorrow but will not play. There's a chance he suits up Saturday at SBP vs Van City. Filip Kuba has been placed on IR with a left shoulder injury from a hit against the Jets and will be out 3-4 weeks. I can't say I'm shocked. Who's tougher, Leclaire or Kuba?

At this point I haven't heard of any other lineup changes, which means it's likely that Filatov will watch from the stands in favor of Bobby Butler again. The big news for Washington is that Backstrom, Semin and Ovechkin will play together tonight, which of course could be big trouble for the Sens. Ovechkin hasn't scored in his last 5 games at SBP however.

Local Flavor: Once again former Sen Brooks Laich will be in the lineup for Washington.

Prediction: The Sens have played well against Washington this year, but haven't got the results. Tonight may be their time to pick up the points finally, though Washington, who is fighting for a playoff spot at the moment, will be on their best to get the 2 points as well. Ottawa breaks the mold and beats the Caps 4-3.

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