SENATORS (20-12-4) at CAPITALS (21-9-5)
7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, CSN-DC, NHL.TV
Senators team scope
The Ottawa Senators will start goalie Mike Condon in the final game before their five-day break in the schedule. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf did not skate Saturday but coach Guy Boucher said Phaneuf will play Sunday and that he'll use the same lineup that played in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. The Senators are 0-1-1 since a four-game winning streak and know they need to keep their focus on winning rather than the upcoming stretch of off days. "The biggest thing is we've got to be professional and make sure that our heads are in the right place," Phaneuf said. "This is a big game for our team. It would be cliché to say, but they're big points. When you have a break coming up, it's a new thing for the League, so we're not used to it. But we know that there's a break ahead of us. It's about being professional, it's about being prepared and we've got a job to do."
Capitals team scope
Goaltender Braden Holtby will start for the Washington Capitals after backup Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves in a 6-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Washington's penalty kill went 9-for-9 in New Jersey. "It was a good job on the penalty kills, everybody blocking shots, sacrificing in the second period," Grubauer said after the game. "Everyone did a great job, and it was key going into the game especially after the last game." Washington is 12-5-1 at home this season but 1-2-2 in its past five games overall, including a 2-1 shootout loss to the Devils at home on Thursday.
Senators projected lineup
Mike Hoffman -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan
Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Chris Kelly
Casey Bailey -- Curtis Lazar -- Chris Neil
Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf -- Chris Wideman
Mark Borowiecki -- Cody Ceci
Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Craig Anderson
Injured: Andrew Hammond (ankle), Zack Smith (abdominal strain), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- Brett Connolly
Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik -- Taylor Chorney
Scratched: Nate Schmidt
Each team had an optional morning skate. … Bailey is playing his second game since being recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Boucher said MacArthur is still waiting to be cleared to play and won't return immediately after the bye. … The Capitals reassigned forward Jakub Vrana to Hershey of the AHL on Sunday.
Hoffman has four points in three games. Stone has two points in his past two games. … Ovechkin has three goals and five points in his past four games. Beagle has a goal and two assists during his three-game point streak.