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Craig Anderson will start in goal for coach Paul MacLean. The journeyman goaltender is 28-19-3 on the year with a 2.87 GAA, .912 save percentage, and three shutouts, including a blanking in his last start. He has been a workhorse for Ottawa all year and has given the Capitals fits as well. Outside the crease, the Senators only have one injury, and it is a minor one: centerman Jess Winchester, absent for the last 30 games because of a concussion.
Tomas Vokoun will get the call from Dale Hunter despite being pulled in his last outing, a game in which he probably could not have won anyway. The veteran Czech goalie, who has been the backbone of the Caps' slim playoff hopes over the last two plus months, is 23-15-2 on the year with a 2.45 GAA, .920 save percentage, and four shutouts. On the injury front, center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) is on IR with a concussion and is out indefinitely. Captain Alex Ovechkin, who was limping after Monday's game and did not practice Tuesday, will be a game time decision and will be replaced by Keith Aucoin if he cannot go. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who missed Monday's game with a virus, will play, and Roman Hamrlik will be the healthy scratch.
That's all for now. No recap from me tonight because of school obligations.