Ottawa (10-11-5) at Washington (16-10-3), 7:00 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals aim to improve
the Eastern Conference's best home record when they host the
Ottawa Senators on Friday.
Washington snapped Boston's five-game winning streak with a 3-1
victory on Wednesday.
Brent Johnson made 33 saves and Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas
Backstrom each recorded a goal and an assist for the Capitals,
who are 11-1-1 at home.
Alexander Semin returned to the lineup and had an assist in the
triumph. The 24-year-old Russian had not played since suffering
a back injury in a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on
November 14. Semin was leading the league with 27 points at the
time of the injury.
The Senators are coming off a 2-0 blanking at the Chicago
Blackhawks on Wednesday. It was the second time Ottawa has been
Ottawa has not won a road game since October 30, going 0-4-2
since a 2-1 victory at Florida.
The Senators have lost four straight home games at Washington,
dating to March 12, 2006.