Saturday, December 03, 2011
GDP #26: Sens @ Washington
The Senators are in the American capital tonight, looking to get back in the win column against the Washington Capitals in a Saturday night tilt. The Capitals of course just fired Bruce Boudreau and are 0-2 since Dale Hunter took over the coach duties, so they are sure to put in a big effort for the new skipper tonight at home. An 0-3 start will cast many questions over the team, so they will want to avoid that at all costs at the Verizon Center.
The big news as far as the Sens goes is that Chris Neil is finally ready to play after being out with a high ankle sprain for a few weeks. He's ready to go and should bring a new element to the Sens lineup with his toughness and physical play that makes opponents get rid of the puck that extra second faster. He is a welcomed addition. No word on who comes out as of yet but I would have to imagine that Bobby Butler or Konopka are the leading candidates to be in the press box.
Filip Kuba remains out with an upper body injury of course and no word on who starts yet but I would imagine Craig Anderson will get the call again.
Here's a little extra preview for you via Gord Wilson and the Senators.
Local Flavor: Former Sen Brooks Laich will suit up for the Caps tonight. Laich was dealt for Peter Bondra years ago you will recall after only playing 1 game for the Sens.
Predicition: On paper the Sens should lose this one, especially considering our history of playing poorly in Washington the past few years, but the Caps are struggling themselves and this game is a complete tossup. I say the Caps finally get it together and beat the Sens 4-2.