Game Day- Capital City Showdown

SensChirp December 3, 2011 0

Coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Ottawa Senators will visit Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Tonight marks the end of a three game road trip for the Sens who return home after the game to begin a stretch that will see them play 9 of 13 at Scotiabank Place during the month of December.

Historically, the Senators have had their fair share of issues in Washington. 

The Caps are 10-0-1 in their last eleven outings on home ice against the Sens.  Washington has struggled as of late though and have dropped four straight including an 0-2 record with Dale Hunter behind the bench.  I've had a chance to watch the Caps a little bit recently and they look like a group that is really gripping the stick tight.  If the Sens can get a lead, that hometown crowd will almost certainly turn ugly.

The Sens should get a boost on the physical side of things as Chris Neil makes his return to the Ottawa line up.  His high ankle sprain has kept him on the sidelines for the last 9 games but will draw back in this evening.  There was no word on who would come out of the line up but I would assume it's Bobby Butler.

While Chris Neil returns, Filip Kuba will miss his second straight with with an upper-body injury.  MacLean will go with the same six defenceman as he did the other night in Dallas. Will post the line up shortly.

Puck drop comes just after 7:00 PM tonight. The game is available on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and should be available for streaming on their website.