Monday, November 06, 2006

Gameday Preview: Caps vs. Senators

Who: Your Nation's Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators
Where: Verizon Center
601 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
When: Monday, November 6, 2006, 7:00 pm

Broadcast Information: NewsChannel 8, WTNT-AM 570; A-Channel, The Team 1200

Media Notes:
Game Notes in PDF
Washington Post
Washington Times
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Sun

Ottawa Sun 2

2005-2006 Season Series: Caps 1-3-0-0, Sens 3-1-0-0

Last Game: April 1, 2006 in Ottawa, Caps won 1-0
- This low-scoring game was decided by, of all things, a power play goal from the Caps. Dainius Zubrus scored his 18th with less than a minute remaining in the second period to give the Caps a lead they would not relinquish. Assists came from fellow current hot hands Ovechkin and Clymer.
- The Caps and Sens were almost even in shots until the third period, when Ottawa pulled ahead to outshoot the visiting Caps 16-4. They would finish the night with 46 shots fired at Brent Johnson, who turned them all away to earn his first shutout as a Capital. Johnson faced 40+ shots for his fourth straight start - guess they were getting him warmed up for this season...
- Future Capital Brian Pothier registered 7 shots on net, second most of any player and one more than Caps superstar Ovechkin.
- A combined total of 6 penalties were called all night - 4 on the Caps, 2 on Ottawa.

Things to Watch For:
- Tomas Fleischmann will remain with the Caps for tonight's tilt with the visiting Senators, as winger Richard Zednik is out with an apparent broken wrist suffered in the second period of Friday night's loss. After scoring 8 goals in his last 7 games with Hershey, I'd like to see him find the back of the net against Ottawa.
- After pelting Toronto with 13 goals over 2 games, Ottawa has since lost three straight and has produced only 5 goals in that time period. Having said that, the Ottawa offense is still pretty dangerous and could erupt at any time. Case in point - last season the Senators outscored the Caps 15-4 in their 3 wins, including a 7-1 rout in Washington back in March. In that game, the Sens connected on 5 of 6 opportunities with the extra man and chased Olie Kolzig halfway through the second after Brian Pothier made it 6-0. Ugly.
- Ottawa has scored only 6 power play goals this season, 30th overall, after being in the top 5 for most of last season. Part of the reason may be the loss of their big PP quarterback, Zdeno Chara, who left Ottawa for Boston as a free agent over the offseason. Alternately, they are ranked 3rd in penalty killing, so the Caps will need to continue their scoring touch to beat Ottawa with the extra man - they are 7 for 33 in their last eight games.
- The Caps and Buffalo are the only teams in the NHL with three 8-goal scorers
- The Capitals have yet to win consecutive games this season - they've got to start stringing those wins together...
- The rebirth of the CBS line Saturday night seemed to ignite the team, and Clymer seems pretty pumped to be back up front. Hopefully the whole line can carry the momentum from the reunion with them as they return home for a battle of the capital cities.

Projected Lineup for the Caps
8-Alex "the Wall" Ovechkin, 9-Dainius "Andrea Bocelli" Zubrus, 17-Chris "the Captain" Clark
43-Tomas "Like Butter" Fleischmann, 38-Jakub "Movin' On Up" Klepis, 18-Matt "Don't Call Me Princess" Pettinger
10-Matt "Lady Byng" Bradley, 16-Brian "K.O." Sutherby, 27-Ben "Reunited" Clymer
28-Alex "2.0" Semin, 15-Boyd "Flash" Gordon, 87-Donald "Piano Man" Brashear

2-Brian "DC Rocks!" Pothier, 26-Shaone "Ovie, Duck!" Morrisonn
6-Jamie "Butterfingers" Heward, 52-Mike "Fauxhawk" Green
44-Steve "Second Chance" Eminger, 47-Bryan "Healthy Scratch" Muir

1-Brent "Heeere's Johnny!" Johnson, 37-Olie "The Other Captain" Kolzig

Projected Lineup for the Senators
15-Dany Heatley, 19-Jason Spezza, 44-Patrick Eaves
20-Antoine Vermette, 12-Mike Fisher, 11-Daniel Alfredsson
27-Peter Schaefer, 37-Dean McAmmond, 25-Chris Neil
17-Denis Hamel, 22-Chris Kelly, 16-Brian McGrattan

14-Andrej Meszaros, 24-Anton Volchenkov
4-Chris Phillips, 7-Joseph Corvo
5-Christoph Schubert, 42-Tom Preissing

1-Ray Emery, 29-Martin Gerber

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