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Game Day 5: Sens vs Capitals

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

These two teams squared off just 6 days ago in Washington and we've got 5 things to help get you ready for the rematch tonight at Canadian Tire Centre.

1. Starting Goalies

No shock here, Mike Condon gets the nod in goal tonight for the Sens. Condon's last start was a little under a week ago against the Capitals (more on that in a bit) and tonight's start will mark his 15th straight appearance for the Senators. Condon is 8-5-3 on the season.

At the other end of the rink, it looks like it'll be Braden Holtby again for Washington. Holtby is in the midst of another impressive season and sports a 17-9-1 record going in to tonight's contest.

 

2. Chris Neil bobblehead night

He played his 1,000th career NHL game a little under a month ago and now he's a bobblehead (again). If you are one of the first 2,500 people at tomorrow's game you'll receive a limited edition Chris Neil bobblehead. The will be the first of 7 bobblehead nights this season as part of our 25th anniversary so it seems kind of fitting to start with Chris Neil.

To see the rest of our 25th anniversary bobblehead nights click here.

 

3. From the coach

 The Sens wrapped up their bye week and were on the ice for the first time in over 4 days at 7 p.m. last night. Afterward, the coach talk a bit about dealing with these types of breaks and how teams typically respond...

The reality is I've never seen a team come back and be sharp in any of the breaks in 3 years. We're going to have to keep our game very simple. We beat San Jose after their break because you could see the game at first and then see them surging in the third period...they were right there. We have to expect that we're not going to be necessarily at our sharpest to start the game but we have to be able to build it up and still be in the game after 10 minutes and 15 minutes and 20 minutes...

Video: Jan 6: Practice Media - Guy Boucher

 

4. Previous meeting

As I mentioned earlier, these squads faced off just 6 days ago in D.C. but with the team's bye week and all I thought a quick refresher would come in handy before the rematch. Kyle Turris opened the scoring midway through the second period but ultimately the Sens came up short against the Caps. Mike Condon was solid in goal again turning aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced in defeat.

Check out the full highlights from that game below...

Video: OTT Recap: Sens can't find equalizer in 2-1 loss

 

5. Where to watch

We've got ourselves a 7 p.m. game start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre but if you're coming to the game you probably want to get here nice and early to score one of those Chris Neil bobbleheads I was talking about.

Also, be sure to stick around after the game and hit up the New Country 94 After Party that's going down in Chek Point. There's a mechnical bull which is always hilarious.

If you aren't coming to the game you can catch all the action on CITY and TVAS2.

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