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Ottawa 0-3-1 in past four; Washington forward Ovechkin two goals from tying Selanne for 11th in NHL history

by Harvey Valentine / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (16-21-5) at CAPITALS (29-9-5)



The Game

Alex Ovechkin can tie Teemu Selanne for 11th place on the NHL all-time goals list when the Washington Capitals play the Ottawa Senators at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

Ovechkin, who has 47 points (27 goals, 20 assists) in 46 games against Ottawa, has scored 682 goals in the NHL, two behind Selanne (684).

The Capitals have won two straight and are 13-5-0 in their past 18 games.

Ottawa is 0-3-1 in its past four games after going 5-2-3 in their previous 10. Forward Anthony Duclair could to play after missing one game with an undisclosed injury. 


Players to watch 

Senators forward Nick Paul has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak.


They said it

"They're the best team record-wise and probably the biggest team. Coming off a Stanley Cup two years ago, they're still a hungry team and it's good for us. We're at the start of our plan and they're either in the middle or near the end of their run, so they're at the height of their game and we're going to measure ourselves against them." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"We know it's a team that if we don't match their work ethic then we're in for a long night. It's been impressive watching them on video. So we've got to come ready to work and hope we can take advantage of some of the opportunities we do get … We know they're well-prepared and they're a hard-working group." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Antony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Colin White -- Drake Batherson

Tyler Ennis -- Chris Tierney -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Rudolfs Balcers

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Mark Borowiecki -- Christian Jaros

Mike Reilly -- Cody Goloubef

Craig Anderson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Andreas Englund, Scott Sabourin

Injured: Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Ron Hainsey (undisclosed)


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Michal Kempny -- Radko Gudas

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Travis Boyd

Injured: Christian Djoos (upper body)


Status report

The Senators did not hold a morning skate. … DeMelo could return after missing 10 games because of a broken finger.  …Djoos participated in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey.


Stat pack

Duclair has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past nine games. … Namestnikov is expected to play his 400th NHL game. … The Capitals are 17-1-3 when they score first. ... Samsonov (11-2-1) is the first goalie in Capitals history with 11 wins in his first 13 starts.

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