Gameday: Senators at Capitals

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

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19 Nicklas backstrom C

Age: 19 Ht: 6 feet Wt: 185 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 29 GP 9 G 18 A 27 P 12 Pims

THE SKINNY: First-round pick (fourth overall) of the Capitals in the 2006 draft ... Had 14 goals and 55 assists last season when he was runner-up in Calder Trophy voting ... Was one of only four Capitals to play all 82 games .. Has the most enviable job in the NHL, centring a line with Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin ... All of his nine goals have come in the last 15 games ... Has two goals, three assists, 12 shots and a plus-5 rating in five career games vs. Ottawa ... Had a goal and assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Boston.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: C Dean McAmmond (pneumonia), didn't make the trip.

CAPITALS: RW Eric Fehr (shoulder), day-to-day; LW Tomas Fleischmann (lower body), day-to-day; C Sergei Fedorov (ankle), day-to-day; D Brian Pothier (concussion), out indefinitely; D Mike Green (shoulder), day-to-day; D Jeff Schultz (finger), out indefinitely; RW Chris Clark (arm), out indefinitely; D John Erskine (concussion), day-to-day.

NOTEWORTHY

Capitals G Brent Johnson won his third straight and appears poised to wrestle the No. 1 job away from Jose Theodore. Johnson missed yesterday's practice with a sore hip. When asked if he could play tonight, coach Bruce Boudreau replied: "Hopefully. But then I might give the start to Theodore." ... The Caps are 11-1-1 at the Verizon Center this season ... Washington D Mike Green and C Sergei Fedorov could be back from injuries tonight ... Former Senators seventh-round pick (1999) Alexander Giroux was recalled from Hershey and is playing on the Caps' second line with Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov. Giroux, a former Olympique, was leading the AHL in scoring with 18 goals at the time of his promotion. Giroux scored against the Bruins on Wednesday and missed on a penalty shot.


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