During the Senators' inaugural season, the Ottawa Citizen used to run a feature called Capital Punishment that measured the ineptness of Ottawa's team against the worst NHL team ever, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals. A team that went 8-67-5, surrendered a record 446 goals and lost 37 straight on the road. Like Ottawa bested that Capitals mark with a stalwart record of 10-70-4, I'm predicting that they'll win tonight too. Here's my prediction that ran in the Citizen.
Senators 4, Capitals 3
Having won three in a row and obtained points in their last four, Ottawa puts its winning streak on the line against a Washington team that has the most goals and most points in the Eastern Conference. That being said, the Capitals will be playing their third game in four nights and their roster is riddled with more injuries than a typical McDonald’s junior manager face is riddled with acne. Need names? Semin, Fleischmann, Morrissonn, Poti, Jurcina and Gordon are either out indefinitely or are doubtful for tonight’s game. With these injuries, the team’s been forced to rely on their blend of inexperienced callups and stars to carry the load. As talented as he is offensively, Washington can’t afford to have Mike Green log over 31 minutes of icetime against the Leafs without some kind of residual effect against the Senators. This is a tired, worn-down team that Ottawa needs to take advantage of.
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Here are the lines for tonight's game:
And Elliott's in nets ce soir.
Also, thanks to a reader, Tim and I will be at the game tonight and hopefully I'll be able to provide some details from our experience at SBP. If you're headed to the game, fire us an email.