Washington Capitals (21-10-3 45pts) v. Ottawa Senators (15-17-4 34pts)
Time: 7p EST
Station: NBC Sports Washington+, City, and SportsNet 360
The Washington Capitals travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators in the final game of their back to back before going into the Holiday break. The Capitals are coming off of a hard fought 2-1 win over Buffalo at home will be looking for their second straight win, meanwhile the Senators are looking to bounce back from their game last night against the New Jersey Devils that saw them fall 5-2.
Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd – Devante Smith-Pelly
Michal Kempny — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen
Jonas Siegenthaler — Madison Bowey
Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Travis Boyd, Tyler Lewington
Injured: Christian Djoos (leg), Brooks Orpik (knee)
Keys to the Game:
1. Stay Fresh
The Capitals will be playing in their second game of their back to back and will need to keep their legs fresh throughout the game. Short shifts and rolling all 4 lines and all 3 pairs will be key to that.
2. Stay out of the box
The Capitals are still taking too many penalties and it disrupts the flow of their game. The Capitals need to draw more penalties, and take fewer penalties.
Chris Tierney — Matt Duchene — Mikkel Boedker
Brady Tkachuk — Colin White — Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel — Zack Smith — Bobby Ryan
Magnus Paajarvi — Tom Pyatt
Thomas Chabot — Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie — Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki — Christian Jaros
Ben Harpur (D)
Scratched: Justin Falk, Nick Paul
Injured: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Achilles)
Keys to the Game:
1. Play with motivation
The Senators are coming off of a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night and will be home to take on the Capitals. The Senators need to feed off of their home crowd and play with motivation.
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