Auld Gets the Start in Washington

SensChirp October 15, 2011 0

Coming off an ugly loss on home ice on Thursday night, the Ottawa Senators travel to Washington to take on the undefeated Capitals.

With Craig Anderson struggling through the first four games of the year, Paul MacLean will go with the back up against the Caps.  It will be Alex Auld's first start of the season.

The Caps are expected to be among the best in the East this year so it will be a tough test for MacLean's group.  Washington has won their first three games of the season including their most recent win, a 3-2 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start for the Capitals.

After going with seven defenceman on Thursday, MacLean will revert to the more traditional 12 forward/6 defenceman look.  Zenon Konopka will come back in to the line up and Brian Lee is the healthy scratch.

As reported yesterday, forward Bobby Butler suffered a pulled groin muscle against the Avalanche and is listed as doubtful. Erik Condra will take his spot. 

The game can be seen live on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and should be available for streaming on the CBC website.

  • Not a bad debut for Nikita Filatov down in Binghamton.  He racked up two goals and an assist and has suggested that he may end up getting credit for the hat trick.  Should the Sens decide to return Zibanejad to Sweden after the nine game trial, Filatov should be back up with the team.  You can see the highlights from Filatov's debut here.
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