NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, March 8th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (36-18-9-5) at Washington Capitals (21-37-8-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to grab the Northeast Division
lead all to themselves tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at the
The game will mark Peter Bondra's first against his old team, after playing
13+ seasons with the Capitals. He was traded to Ottawa as part of Washington's
firesale on February 18 in exchange for center Brooks Laich and a second-round
pick in the 2005 entry draft.
Entering the day's action, the Sens, with 86 points, are tied with Toronto for
the top spot in the Northeast -- one ahead of Boston. They trail second-place
Philadelphia by two points in the Eastern Conference and first-place Tampa Bay
On Saturday, a night after a brawl-laden defeat in Philadelphia, Ottawa ended
a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against visiting Nashville. Bondra
scored midway through the third period to snap a tie and help lead the Sens.
Bondra finished with a goal and an assist for the Senators, who squandered a
2-0 lead before winning for the second time in six games (2-3-1). Ottawa head
coach Jacques Martin earned his 400th career coaching victory in the NHL.
Mike Fisher, Peter Schaefer and Marian Hossa also scored for Ottawa, while
Martin Prusek made 25 saves in the win. Alfredsson finished with two assists
for the Senators.
Ottawa, which has lost three straight on the road, kicks off a five-game trip
tonight and will visit Calgary on Thursday.
Washington, meanwhile, continues its preparation for an early offseason, but
hopes to play spoiler down the stretch. On Saturday the Caps posted a 2-1
decision over Philadelphia to snap a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Halpern finished with a goal and an assist to lead Washington's effort.
Olaf Kolzig made 24 saves and Anson Carter scored on the power play for the
Capitals, who moved to 2-5-1 in its last eight games. Kip Miller notched two
Washington, 1-3-1 in its last five home contests, will host Buffalo on
The Senators are 2-0-1 against the Capitals this season, and are 5-1-2 in the
last eight meetings overall.
Ottawa is 3-0-2 in its last five trips to DC.
03/08 10:50:27 ET