It's another our capital/their capitals clash pitting the Conference's best against its worst. So why tune in? Because the Caps have won two of the last four meetings between the teams in Ottawa and three of the last five overall, something of which Sens pivot Mike Fisher is all too aware:
"They kind of caught us a little bit overconfident, or we took them too lightly. But that's not going to happen again."Fisher was talking about the last matchup between the teams - the totally unexpected 4-1 Caps win from back in the Hanlon days (which, incidentally, included Viktor Kozlov's last goal, a mere 51 days ago) - but he could've been talking about any of the recent Caps wins in this series, as the Sens have repeatedly taken the Caps "too lightly."
Which Ottawa team shows up, of course, will go a long way towards determining tonight's outcome, but at this point, there's very little that would surprise me from this Caps team - even a road win in the Conference leader's barn.
Elsewhere 'Round the Rinks:
Be sure to check out today's Ice Sheet for some more goings-on from around the League (including plenty on Sens backup netminder Ray Emery) and don't miss Wyshynski's year-end column over at TFP.
- Hart: Evgeni Nabokov (26-save 1-0 shutout win)
- Ross: Christopher Higgins (3 points)
- Norris: Mike Mottau (Game-tying goal, +1, 3 SOG, 2 blocked shots)
- Vezina: Evgeni Nabokov (26-save 1-0 shutout win)
- Richard: 16 players tied with 1 goal apiece
- Calder: Milan Lucic (A, 5 hits)
- Aiken: Tomas Vokoun (L, 4 goals allowed on 9 shots against in just 25:03 of work)