Morning skate: Anderson starts, Corvo replaces Borowiecki

Craig Anderson starts in goal for the Senators against the Washington Capitals Wednesday.

Morning skate: Anderson starts, Corvo replaces Borowiecki
Craig Anderson prepares to block a shot as the Ottawa Senators practice at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Wayne Cuddington/Ottawa Citizen)

WASHINGTON – Craig Anderson starts in goal for the Senators against the Washington Capitals Wednesday.

It will be Anderson’s first start since he faced the Minnesota Wild at home last Wednesday. Not surprisingly, he faces Caps starter Braden Holtby, who is 10-7-1 this season with a 2.59 goals against and .925 save percentage.

Anderson has an 8-5-1 career record against Washington.

Other than Anderson in for Robin Lehner, the only Senators lineup change is the insertion of veteran defenceman Joe Corvo in place of Mark Borowiecki, who suffered a neck strain after being slammed into the boards by Kevin Westgarth of the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday.

Head coach Paul MacLean said that holding out Borowiecki was “mostly for precautionary reasons.

“He seemed like he was ready to go but he was still a little bit stiff, so we want to give him the opportunity to heal so it doesn’t seize up (in the game) and we could be down to five D.”

Ottawa’s forward lines will remain exactly as they were against the Hurricanes.

While the Senators were 3-0 against the Caps last season, Washington owns an 11-0-2 mark versus Ottawa in the last 13 games played here.

Led by Alex Ovechkin and his 20 goals, the Caps have the No. 3 ranked power play at 23.4 per cent.

In five-on-five situations, MacLean said he will probably use a couple of line and defence combinations against Ovechkin because his shifts are so long.

The Capitals did not skate at the Verizon Center Wednesday morning, but forward Brooks Laich was missing from the morning skate at the Kettle Iceplex according to Capitals hockey writers. The Caps said Laich was being “cautious” with a lower body injury and head coach Adam Oates said he expects Laich to suit up against the Senators.

If not, either Martin Erat, who has asked for a trade, or Jay Beagle would replace Laich.

Tonight’s game is not available on Sportsnet, but the Washington broadcast has been picked up by TSN2.
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