NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 30th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (21-22-7) at Ottawa Senators (29-21-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin will put the NHL's current longest
scoring streak on the line tonight in Ottawa, where his Washington Capitals
begin a three-game road trip by facing the Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Ovechkin has notched at least one point in 11 consecutive games, which ties a
career-high for the second-year sensation. The reigning NHL Rookie of the Year
has amassed 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) during this latest run and
contributed a goal and an assist in Washington's most recent game, a 7-3
victory over Carolina on Saturday.
Alexander Semin scored twice and assisted on another for the Capitals, who
avenged a 6-2 setback to the Hurricanes one night earlier. Chris Clark and
Kris Beech also lit the lamp in the win, while Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves for
Ovechkin's other 11-game point streak came during his rookie campaign, when he
compiled five goals and 12 assists from March 18-April 7, 2006.
The Capitals, who will also play Florida and Pittsburgh on this trek, are
9-11-4 on the road for the season.
The red-hot Senators were finally stopped on Monday, when Montreal's David
Aebischer stopped 26-of-27 shots to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory on Ken
Dryden night at the Bell Centre.
Ottawa had posted victories in seven of its last eight games and was 12-2-1
over a 15-game span prior to the loss.
Chris Phillips scored for the Senators less than one minute into the contest,
but Ottawa was shut out the rest of the way. Ray Emery recorded 25 saves in
the losing cause.
The Senators have won five of their last six at Scotiabank Place and bring a
14-11-1 home mark into tonight's tilt.
This evening's matchup will be the fourth and final regular-season meeting
between these clubs this season. The Capitals have won two of the three
earlier games, both of which were played in Washington, but dropped a 5-2
decision to the Senators in Ottawa earlier this month.
The Caps are 1-4-0 in their last five visits to Ottawa.
01/30 10:40:54 ET