Before the Puck Drop: Capitals @ Sens
The condensed schedule has already started to take a toll on the Senators as they missed Latendresse for a game followed by Alfredsson missing the last game with the flu.Today on the injury carousel is Jason Spezza who is dealing with an undisclosed injury. That means sens fans will get their first look this season at first-round pick Mika Zibanejad who is finally healthy after missing large chunks of the AHL season with flu like symptons, wisdom teeth issues and possible concussion problems. Hes been playing very well recently for Binghamton so I expect to see him centering the second line.
Should be a good game as Washington looks to build off of their first win of the season and the Senators look to bounce back after a close game against the Penguins. Look for Ovechkin to take a butt load of low quality shots from the perimeter now that he's got his first goal and thinks he's a hockey god again. For the Senators it will be important to stay out of the box as the have the second worse differential in PP time vs PK time, a trend continuing from last season where they finished 3rd worst.
In other notes, Andre Benoit and Kaspars Daugauvins will sit out tonights game while Patrick Wiercoch and Zibanejad slide into the lineup.