Carlson, Capitals to host the Senators
Washington; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: John Carlson leads Washington into a matchup with Ottawa. He currently ranks 10th in the league with 52 points, scoring 13 goals and totaling 39 assists.
The Capitals are 17-7-1 against Eastern Conference opponents. Washington is fourth in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 24.
The Senators are 6-7-2 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. Ottawa averages 10.1 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the NHL. Mark Borowiecki leads the team serving 54 total minutes.
The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 24 goals, adding 16 assists and collecting 40 points. Nicklas Backstrom has collected eight assists over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Senators: 3-4-3, averaging 3.1 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.9 penalty minutes while allowing four goals per game with a .887 save percentage.
Capitals: 6-4-0, averaging 3.5 goals, 6.3 assists, 5.2 penalties and 12.9 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .887 save percentage.
Senators: Nikita Zaitsev: day to day (undisclosed), Anthony Duclair: day to day (undisclosed).