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Ottawa aims to avoid fourth straight loss; Washington in need of production from Ovechkin, Backstrom

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (8-5-6) at CAPITALS (11-10-1)

7 p.m. ET; SNE, TVA Sports, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Ottawa Senators try to end a season-long three-game losing streak when they visit the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

Since returning from two wins against the Colorado Avalanche in the SAP NHL Global Series in Stockholm on Nov. 10 and 11, the Senators have been outscored 9-3 in going 0-2-1.

The Capitals are 1-3-0 in their past four games after going 5-1-0 in their previous six games. Forward Alex Ovechkin has not scored a goal in six games, his longest such streak since going without a goal the final seven games of last season.

 

Players to watch

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is 11-7-2 in 20 games against Washington, with a 2.39 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts.

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has not scored a goal in 15 games, his worst stretch since going 18 games without a goal from Feb. 4-March 7, 2016.

 

They said it

"[Alex] Ovechkin killed us the first game. We were winning 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game and we were doing terrific and then Ovechkin just decided he was taking over. So, obviously, we can't let him take over." -- Ottawa coach Guy Boucher on a 5-4 shootout loss against Washington on Oct. 5

"I think there's a history there. He could have had three [goals] the other day. I'm not that concerned. But we do need production from our top guys." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on forward Nicklas Backstrom

 

Senators projected lineup

Tom Pyatt -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Alexandre Burrows

Nick Paul -- Nate Thompson

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Johnny Oduya -- Thomas Chabot

Ben Harpur

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: None

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (concussion), Zach Smith (thumb), Chris Wideman (groin)

 

Capitals projected lineup

Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- John Carlson

Taylor Chorney -- Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Aaron Ness, Nathan Walker

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Christian Djoos (upper body)

 

Status report

The Senators will skate 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … Chabot, 20, was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Monday to replace Borowiecki, injured in a 3-0 loss Sunday at the New York Rangers. … Ottawa claimed forward Gabriel Dumont on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dumont will not be available against the Capitals, but will join the Senators before their game Friday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

Stat pack

Duchene has no points in five games with the Senators since being acquired in a three-way trade with the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Senators on Nov. 5. … Holtby is 6-3-0 with a .943 save percentage and 1.88 goals-against average in nine home games this season.

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