Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 50 — Capitals vs. Senators
3:30 PM: Craig Anderson gets the start in Washington tonight. In 16 career starts vs. the Capitals he is 10-5-1 with a 2.43 GAA and .923 save percentage.
3:00 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Capitals.
Michalek - Zibanejad - Conacher
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Smith - Spezza - Condra
Greening - Da Costa - Neil
Cowen - Karlsson
Phillips - Ceci
Wiercioch - Gryba
Johansson - Backstrom - Brouwer
Erat - Laich - Ward
Chimera - Grabovski - Fehr
Volpatti - Beagle - Wilson
Carlson - Alzner
Orlov - Green
Erskine - Carrick
2:30 PM: Here's what Stephane Da Costa had to say this morning after making his return to the big club.
2:15 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after today's morning skate.
On tonight's lineup:
Mark Stone obviously the injury is a little more significant, we just had it yesterday when we packed, so we called up Stephane Da Costa so we'll put him in the lineup for Mark and Kassian will come out. Marc Methot left practice yesterday with a bo bo and we're going to keep him out of the game tonight and put Patrick Wiercioch in just to be sure and be on the safe side to make sure we don't lose him for an extended period of time. Craig will be the goalie.
It's an upper-body injury, I don't think we've put him on long term IR but I think they're going to see if it settles down in the next day or so before we make a final determination on that but it appears like it's going to be close to that week to two weeks type of thing. We're not sure yet.
On Stone's injury related to an earlier one this season:
It's a different one than that I believe.
On the injury as a tough break:
The opportunity was there for him and he came in and played very well. We've been looking for that opportunity for him for a couple of years and injuries seemed to get in his way and here it is again for him. At the same time he's still giving us every indication that he's a player that can play in the league and has a future in the league and we just have to be patient with him. When he gets back on his feet again we'll get him going and get him another chance.
On Da Costa:
Well he has been one of the leading scorers in the league and I think Mike Hoffman is one of the leading scorers in the league that plays with him. He has been very good at distributing the puck and diligent without the puck. He has been playing a real good 200 foot game for them down there. He's the best player down there and we're going to give him an opportunity to come up here. He started the year with us and he has played well for us throughout training camp and at the start of the year so we'll give him another go.
On potentially facing Washington without Ovechkin:
I'm not sure we'll change things, we've had to change things dramatically enough with Stone going down and Stephane coming in. We've had to make some switches and changes and try to keep what's going good together and mix and match what was left this morning. Obviously it would be significant if Ovechkin doesn't play, it's a big part of their team, but it could also help their team too at the same time if people step up when given an opportunity. We're just going to wait and see what the warm up brings and plan for both scenarios.
On what wasn't done at home in the two losses:
I think score, we turned over the puck against the Rangers, we gave them two or three. It was a 1-1 game, did they earn all four goals or did we turn the puck over to them three times? We have to get back to the patience and puck management game that gave us a lot of success. We've gone 10 or 12 games where we've gained a lot of points and this last one wasn't the best one so now we get back on the horse and get back at it tonight.
10:45 AM: The Sens have arrived at Verizon Center for their skate.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to return to their winning ways on the road tonight when they take on the Washington Capitals.
The Senators are coming off of 4-1 loss on Saturday to the New York Rangers. Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, a handful of mistakes came back to cost them as the Rangers responded with four unanswered to take the victory in Ottawa. Marc Methot scored the lone goal for the Sens in the loss.
The Capitals have struggled of late in their own right. A 2-5-3 record over their last 10 has seen them slip out of a Metropolitan Division playoff position with a record of 22-19-8, which is good for 52 points. Their last game was also a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday in New York. The Sens have won both matchups between the two this season.
The Sens will have their morning skate in Washington today and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.
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