Morning skate update: Senators stick with winning formula

There will be no lineup changes when the Senators go for their fourth win in a row — and first in four tries against the Washington Capitals — at Scotiabank Place Wednesday night.

Morning skate update: Senators stick with winning formula
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

There will be no lineup changes when the Senators go for their fourth win in a row — and first in four tries against the Washington Capitals this season — at Scotiabank Place Wednesday night.

That means Craig Anderson will get the start in goal, while Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner will sit as healthy scratches.

The Senators have already lost 2-1 and 3-2 contests in Washington this season, and dropped a 5-3 decision in Ottawa on Dec. 7.

So how to change their fortunes?

Coach Paul MacLean said managing the puck with care in the neutral zone will be key.

“If we turn over pucks in the neutral zone, they’re going to make us pay, so if we can avoid that early in the game, it’ll help us a lot,” he said.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson called the Capitals “a team in desperate need of a win,” so preventing them from getting off to a fast start is a priority.

“Ideally we would like to get the first goal, get the crowd into it, get the momentum of the game right away instead of giving them some life,” he said.

A reminder to those attending: TSN is doing the broadcast, so it’ll be a 7 p.m. start instead of the usual 7:30 p.m.

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES:

— Thomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Capitals, while Alex Ovechkin is questionable after leaving the morning skate early due to illness.

— With his four-point game against the Islanders Monday, defenceman Erik Karlsson is just six points back of the Senators’ franchise record for points by a defencman.

— Jason Spezza has 15 points in his last six games.

— Spezza is three points away from 600 in his NHL career.

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