The Sens started the second half on the right side of the win-loss ledger with an exciting OT win over the visiting Bruins. The win temporarily put the Sens into the last wildcard spot, until the Lightning's own OT win over the Canucks. The East wild card race is really tight as 11 teams are within 6 points of each other for the last 6 playoff positions.
As for the game tonight, both teams played last night, both went to OT and both had to travel to Washington after the game. The Caps' game was a 1PM start so they got home a few hours before the Sens. If their home life is anything like mine it would not surprise me if the Sens are the more rested team tonight.
Alex Ovechkin had a big night as he scored the first and last goals, ending the game on an end-to-end rush after an unbelievable combo save by Holtby and Schmidt. Ovechkin now sits at 499 and would dearly love to get #500 in front of the home crowd. Of course the Sens want to have nothing to do with this milestone (hence the picture above).
Goaliepost.com is projecting Hammond vs. Holtby. Holtby is 20-0-2 with one no-decision in his last 23 starts. Hammond's last 23 starts aren't that far off, except that most of them were from last season.
GO SENS GO!!!