by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators will be keeping a close eye on young superstar Alexander Ovechkin when they visit the Washington Capitals tonight. Coach Bryan Murray is hoping to shut down the reigning Calder Trophy winner by committee.
"They'll have the last change to start with, so that makes a little bit of a difference," Murray said when asked how he'll approach matchups with Ovechkin tonight. "We just have to count on our top four guys on being able to get on the ice and match up as best they can. We know that he is an awfully good player.
"Everybody has to chip in. That's what we've said from Day 1 here. When you don't have the presence of one stopper, a variety of guys have to share the load."
Murray will go with Martin Gerber in goal tonight.
"I liked the way Martin looked today, so I am going to play him," Murray said after the pre-game skate.
All-star defenceman Wade Redden is expected to miss his fourth straight game for Ottawa with a lower-body injury.
"Before practice (today,) Gerry (Townend, Senators head athletic therapist) told me that (Redden) was going to skate light and then try to get a good skate in the end," said Murray. "It didn't look like he could play. I don't want him to play at three-quarters speed or anything like that. He's got to play at 100 per cent. We'll wait until Wednesday (prior to the game against the Atlanta Thrashers) and do a check at that point."