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Gameday Journal: Game 78 - Capitals vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Caps...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

3:30 PM: And from, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Joel Ward

Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Troy Brouwer

Brooks Laich – Eric Fehr – Jason Chimera

Curtis Glencross – Michael Latta - Tom Wilson


Brooks Orpik – John Carlson

Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen

Tim Gleason – Mike Green


Braden Holtby

Justin Peters

Scratched: none

2:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Washington Capitals with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...

12:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after the team's morning skate today. Here's what he had to say ahead of facing the Capitals tonight...

On changes to the team's line-up:

No changes.

On defending against Ovechkin:

The biggest thing he's got going over all the other elite guys that normally play is that he's stronger. A lot of the other elite never say it's easy...but the physical part isn't usually the challenge. You can be a step ahead of them and keep it to the outside. This guy is the full package.

On the idea of "shadowing" Ovechkin:

The speed of the game is so quick now and in the old days you could hook and hold and trip and mug. You can't now. I'm not saying it can't be done but new rules now. It's a kinder, gentler league.

On playing back-to-back games late in the season:

When they make the schedule they didn't phone me. Nothing you can do about it. Everyone does it.

On considering using another goalie during these back-to-back games:

Would I? You always consider it when you have extra bodies, right? I'll re-assess after the game tonight.

On his message to the team going in to the last 5 games of the season:

Same as it's been all along: we've got to find a way to beat the Washington Capitals. Play the way that gives us the best chance and let the chips fall where they may. Control what you can control which is how you play.

Sens centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau also provided some pre-game comments and you can watch them below courtesy of Sens TV...

And finally, Marc Methot shares his pre-game thoughts...

11:30 AM: Some line-up notes from the coach...

10:45 AM: The boys are on the ice this morning...

7:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are set to host the Washington Capitals tonight at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off their second win in a row on Thursday night as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in overtime. Mark Stone opened the scoring for the Sens while Patrick Wiercioch blasted home his 3rd goal of the season with just 16 seconds left in the extra frame to seal the victory. Ottawa netminder Andrew Hammond stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced against the Bolts and improved his record on the year to 16-1-1. The Sens remain just 3 points back of the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings for the final wildcard playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Capitals travel to Ottawa following a 5-4 shootout win to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Joel Ward (x2) and Alexander Ovechkin (x2) provided the offence for Washington in regulation setting up Troy Brower to score the lone goal in the skills competition. Braden Holtby made 23 saves to earn the decision. The Capitals' record currently sits at 43-25-10 and sees them on the brink of clinching a playoff spot.

This is the third and final meeting between these two teams this season. Washington has already earned a pair of 2-1 victories over the Sens and you can watch the full highlights from their most recent game here...

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate shortly and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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