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Game Day 5: Sens @ Capitals

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We take a look at 5 things that you need to know before the puck drops on tonight's game against the Capitals in D.C.

1. Starting Goalies

No surprise here, Mike Condon gets set to make his 14 straight appearance for the Sens tonight as he starts against the Capitals. Condon has been an absolute workhorse with Craig Anderson off on personal leave and Andrew Hammond nursing an ankle injury and his record on the season currently sits at 8-4-3.

At the other end of the rink, it looks like Braden Holtby is in line to start in goal for the Capitals tonight. Holtby is in the midst of another quality season and currently ranks in the top 10 in the league for GAA (2.02), SV% (.928), wins (15) and shutouts (3).

 

2. 2016 at a glance

With the calendar flip taking place this morning (or late last night if you're way too organized), I thought it'd be fun to look back at some numbers from 2016.

For starters, the Sens went 40-33-7 in the calendar year that was 2016. Not shockingly, Erik Karlsson led the way offensively notching 73 points (14G, 59A) in 80 games played. Mark Stone was the top scoring forward with 58 points in 74 games played while Zack Smith led the Sens in goals with 25 in 2016.

Ottawa struggled a little in shots (-196) and goal (-13) differential over the past year but did excel in a few areas as well such as posting a 6-3 shootout record for example. The Sens also finished 2016 with the 2nd most shorthanded goals scored (12) and tied for the least amount of shorthanded goals against (3).

And if there is one stat from 2016 that blows my mind it is this: Ottawa was EXACTLY 50% in the faceoff circle in 2016. They won 2,422 faceoffs and they lost 2,422 faceoffs. Consistency ftw.

 

3. Projected line-up

No roster changes to the line-up tonight but if yesterday's practice (and the end of last game) is any indication it appears that Mike Hoffman will move up to play on the left side with Derick Brassard and Mark Stone. This has a few ramifications to the bottom 6 which you can check out below.

Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up:

 

4. From the coach

On what he expects from Washington tonight:

They're a big team. They're a team that has a good defensive structure and they have really good goaltending. If you give them some space on their zone entries and you're missing guys on the backcheck then you're in big trouble.

Video: Jan 1: Coach Pregame Media Availability

 

5. Broadcast

Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Verizon Center and you can catch the game on Sportsnet and TVAS.

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