WSH Game 4: Senators@Caps

I’m looking to atone for my lack of a postgame review for the Caps’ last 2 games, so I force upon you a preview for tonight’s matchup with Ottawa at the Verizon Center.

What to watch for: –According to Katie Carrera, DJ King will be in the Caps’ lineup tonight for Mathieu Perrault, giving the Caps some added toughness against a very gritty Sens team that includes the likes of Zenon Konopka, Chris Neil and Matt Carkner (ed. note: Carkner has a knee injury), who have combined for 2,744 PIMs in their careers.

-Caps have won all 3 of their games so far, all in OT. It’d be nice to see them be able to close out a game in regulation (although the OT does make for some excitement). According to Mike Vogel, the last time the Caps won four straight to open the season was in 1997-98. 4 straight is the most in team history.

-Puzzling news today on the goalie front: from Katie Carrera, the Caps called up Dany Sabourin from Hershey today. This means that Neuvirth won’t go again tonight, hardly surprising news. But also, this means they are picking Sabourin over Holtby to (presumably) back up Vokoun tonight. The theory coming from Kettler is that the Caps would rather Holtby play in the AHL than ride the pine in the NHL–something I think is just a dumb idea. Even forgetting the possibility of Vokoun getting injured tonight, I still think it’s better for Holtby to have some experience with the big boys where (presuambly/hopefully) he will be playing next year.

Between the Pipes: Tomas Vokoun vs. Alex Auld. This is a sad, sad statement for the Sens. Yeah, Craig Anderson has looked dumbfoundingly atrocious this year (.853 SV%,5.07 GAA), but Alex Auld is not much better. Trust me.

Happy Statistic: Roman Hamrlik will play in his 1,315th game tonight, which will give him the most ever played by a Czech in the NHL. Wish he would’ve been doing this in Montreal tonight.

(Sometimes) Ballsy Prediction: Goin’ with the obvious tonight. Caps easily overcome a Sens team that’s surrendering 5.25 goals a game. 5-2.

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