Washington Capitals (1-1-0) v. Ottawa Senators (0-2-0)
7:00 EST – Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Capitals Radio 1500
Last game: After a slow start in the first period, the Capitals seized all momentum against the New Jersey Devils, outscoring them 4-0 in the second period in a 7-2 victory. Both Alexander Ovechkin and John Carlson had three point nights for Washington, while Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves in a game punctuated with four fights in a span of ten game seconds in the third period. It was the Capitals’ ninth consecutive home=opening victory.
Possible lineup for Washington:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Knuble
Semin – Fleischmann – Laich
Chimera – Johansson – Fehr
Hendricks – Gordon – Bradley
Schultz – Green
Poti – Carlson
Erskine – Alzner
Possible lineup for Ottawa:
Zack Smith-Fisher-Nick Foligno
Ryan Shannon-Peter Regin-Kovalev
Outlook: The Capitals saw during opening weekend what they look like when they don’t show up and what they look like when they do. Tonight’s game will be another opportunity to prove themselves against the struggling Senators, who have limped to an 0-2-0 start and have scored two goals all season. Coach Bruce Boudreau will go with the same lineup that he used Saturday, which means Neuvirth will get his third straight start. The Senators media isn’t giving the team a chance, so neither should the Capitals. The Caps have a tendency to play down to inferior opponents (see last Friday) and a win tonight is necessary to build much-needed momentum.