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Senators coach Paul MacLean is expected to go with Craig Anderson in goal. The 30 year old journeyman goalie has had a below average season so far, with an 11-8-1 record, 3.45 GAA, and .893 save percentage to his name. He made 29 saves on 32 shots in his last start, a 3-1 loss in Dallas on Thursday. Ottawa is not expected to be significantly hindered by injuries for this contest, with only two regulars currently on the mend. Puck moving defenseman Filip Kuba was injured earlier this week and missed Thursday night's loss against the Stars, and is questionable for this game. Tough guy Chris Neil will return to the lineup after missing an extensive period of time with a bum ankle.
Michal Neuvirth will get the call in goal for the first time in eight days and the first time under Dale Hunter. The sophomore Czech goalie has had a disastrous campaign so far, posting a 2-4-1 record, a 3.81 GAA, .868 save percentage, and zero shutouts. He allowed six goals on 33 shots in his last start, a loss to the Rangers a week ago Friday. On the injury front, the Caps will be without Mike Green (groin), Alexander Semin (upper body), and Jay Beagle (concussion), while Roman Hamrlik is questionable with what is being called a lower body injury. Because Semin is hurt, the Caps have zero healthy scratches from the forward corps.
Puck drops for this one 7:10-ish.