NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (19-19-7) at Ottawa Senators (26-19-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators shoot for a season-best fifth
consecutive victory when the resurgent club hosts the Washington Capitals this
evening at Scotiabank Place.
After a mediocre first 2 1/2 months of the season, the Senators have turned
things around by going 9-1-1 over their last 11 games. Ottawa is now within
one point of Montreal for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings and
handed the rival Canadiens a humiliating 8-3 defeat on Saturday.
Daniel Alfredsson scored once and assisted on four others to lead the way,
while Chris Kelly amassed a career-high four points (one goal and three
assists) for the Senators. Ray Emery stopped 37-of-40 shots in the rout.
Wade Redden added a goal for Ottawa and has now recorded a point in six
consecutive games, notching two goals and seven assists during the run. Kelly
has compiled 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during a five-game scoring
The Senators have won four straight games three other times during the course
of this campaign, but last won five in a row from February 11-March 6 of last
Washington is currently on a four-game road trip which hasn't produced any
success so far. The Capitals began the swing with a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay on
Thursday, then were dealt a 7-3 setback to Florida two nights later.
Chris Clark, Matt Pettinger and Alexander Semin all scored for Washington,
which had recorded three straight victories prior to Thursday's defeat. Olaf
Kolzig started in net, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 41 shots
over the first two periods. Brent Johnson played the third and gave up two
goals on 13 shots.
Semin has now notched a goal in each of his last five games and has scored
eight times over that span. Alexander Ovechkin carries a six-game scoring
streak into tonight's contest and has accumulated 12 points (three goals, nine
assists) during his tear.
The Capitals, who are 8-9-4 as the visitor this season, conclude the trek
Thursday at Carolina. Washington has lost each of its last five road tilts.
Ottawa will play the middle portion of a three-game homestand tonight. The
Senators are 11-10-3 at Scotiabank Place and have won six of their last eight
on home ice.
Washington has won three straight in this series, with two of those triumphs
having come this season. The Capitals snapped a three-game slide in Ottawa
with a 1-0 victory on April 1 of last year.
01/16 10:35:05 ET