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Potential lineups for Senators, Capitals

Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 1:16 PM

By Erin Nicks - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Potential lineups for Senators, Capitals
KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place. The Sens held a full practice, while the Caps went with an optional skate.

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Nick Foligno - Jim O'Brien - Chris Neil

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will start in goal, with Alex Auld the backup.

Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner will be healthy scratches.

With 15 points in his last six games and after being named the NHL's Third Star of the Week, Spezza was quick to give credit to linemates Michalek and Butler for his recent streak.

"I've been opportunistic and my linemates have given me some good chances in good scoring areas," he said. "I've managed to bury the puck on 2-on-1's and odd-man rushes which you don't get a lot of these days. The guys have done a good job of getting me the puck, and I feel pretty good right now.

"You just play, and try and figure out what you're doing well and build on it. I think there's still areas of my game that I'm trying to get better at, but you don't change too much equipment-wise and you just stick with what you’ve got."

Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perrault - Alexander Semin
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Joel Ward - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble
Jay Beagle - Jeff Halpern - Keith Aucoin

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Dennis Wideman
Jeff Schultz - Mike Green

Tomas Vokoun will start in goal, with Michal Neuvirth the backup.

One player missing from the Capitals' line rushes Wednesday was team captain Alex Ovechkin, who left the ice after about eight minutes and did not return.

Caps coach Dale Hunter said after the skate that Ovechkin is a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury.

"I don't feel well," Ovechkin said. "We'll see how it goes tonight. It's not an injury, it's just regular stuff."

Hunter also added that defenseman Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch.
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