Senators vs. Capitals Lines Tonight: Expected Starters & Goalies

Same lineup as Carolina game but progress still made for Oshie
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The report from Washington Capitals morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, which was a sunrise affair with an hour earlier skate that comes with an hour earlier puck drop, was a positive development for T.J. Oshie.

He seemed like his normal self out there. But he took the scratches skate so he will not be in when the Capitals take the ice tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Spencer Carbery called it a "positive step" forward when he held court with the local media.

Charlie Lindgren was the first goalie off the ice meaning he will get the nod tonight in goal. Here are the rest of the projected forwards and defensive pairs.








Starting goalie: Charlie Lindgren

Oshie has 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 47 games. He last played in their loss in the shootout to the Boston Bruins on March 30 and hasn't been in the lineup since.

Lindgren is 21-15-6 with five shutouts, a 2.81 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. In his last start against the Pittsburgh Penguins which was a 4-1 loss he stopped 20 of 23 shots. In a 6-2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres he stopped 25 of 31 shots.

In the shootout loss to the Boston Bruins which was the last game the Caps secured a point, Lindgren made 27 saves off 29 shots. That was after he faced 48 shots in a whooping defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lindgren stopped 43 that night.

The last Caps win came against the Detroit Red Wings, a team who is neck and neck with the Capitals in the wild card race. Those two teams will face off again on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena. Lindgren stopped 30 of 33 shots in that overtime classic.

With that being said the last Caps regulation win was on March 24, just two Sundays ago. So it's been a little while and regulation wins are what they need to keep their playoff dreams alive. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. on Monumental Sports Network.