Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pre-Game: Capitals @ Senators

The Washington Capitals will play on Election Day for the first time since beating the Blackhawks 4-1 on November 3, 1992.

And for Alex Ovechkin, his return can't come soon enough for the Washington. The Capitals broke even with him out of the lineup, and he will return against a team who he scorched for six goals (10 points) in four (wins) games last season. Here are 10 things to watch for:

  • The last time Washington lost against Ottawa was January of the 2006-2007 season.
  • The last time Alex Ovechkin was held without a point against the Senators was March 12, 2006.
  • Alexander Semin has ten points in eight career games versus Ottawa.
  • The Senators have the fourth ranked power play at 25%.
  • Dany Heatley has 27 points in 24 games against Washington.
  • The Washington Capitals are tied with Buffalo for the most goals conceded (29) to Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Mike Fisher is set to make $21 million over the next five years and he has yet to record a point thus far.
  • Mike Green's shooting percentage against Ottawa is 22%. His career shooting percentage is 7%.
  • Five current Ottawa players played along side Brooks Laich when he suited up for them in one game during his 2003-2004 rookie season. Laich was traded that March to Washington for Peter Bondra.
  • On Monday, the Ottawa Senators acquired Drew Fata from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Alexander Nikulin. Fata will be sent to Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

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