|So far, so good. Can DC maintain their hot start?|
Senators coach Paul MacLean will go with his backup, Alex Auld, in goal tonight after starter Craig Anderson was blitzed for 7 goals in his last appearance. Auld has played on one game this season, coming on in relief last week; he allowed two goals on nine shots in that one. The Senators do not have any significant injuries on their roster and should bring a fully healthy team into Verizon Center.
For Washington, Tomas Vokoun is the likely starter following his impressive performance in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, and partially due to the fact that Michal Neuvirth is not fully ready because of a lower-body injury. Vokoun has won both of his starts this year while posting a 3.29 GAA and a .899 save percentage. On the injury front, Jay Beagle is almost certain to miss tonight's action with facial injuries sustained during his fight with Arron Asham, while Tom Poti (groin) and John Erskine (shoulder) remain sidelined with their respective injuries. Mathieu Perreault is expected to be the healthy scratch while DJ King should take Beagle's place on the fourth line.
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