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Capitals attempt to snap lengthy skid in matchup with Sens

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will try to snap their longest losing streak in over three years when they welcome the Ottawa Senators for Tuesday's meeting at Verizon Center.

Washington has lost five straight games (0-3-2) for the first time since an 0-6-2 stretch from Dec. 2-18, 2010 and the club also has dropped nine of its last 11 contests.

The Caps may have to end their losing streak without their top player in the lineup, as superstar forward Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury.

On Tuesday, the Capitals face an Ottawa team that has won six straight in this series, including the first two of three scheduled meetings in 2013-14. Ottawa notched a 6-4 win in Washington on Nov. 27 and recorded a 3-1 home victory on Dec. 30. The Senators have won the last two encounters at the Verizon Center, but Washington still has 11 wins in the last 14 meetings in D.C.

The Capitals have dropped their last three tilts in regulation and have been outscored by a 9-2 margin in their last two outings. After losing 5-1 in Columbus on Friday, Washington was handed a 4-1 setback in Sunday's road test against the New York Rangers. Rick Nash scored two goals for the Rangers, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period and cruised to the victory.

Ovechkin potted the lone goal for Washington, pushing his league-leading total to 35 markers. However, Philipp Grubauer gave up three goals on eight shots before being removed late in the first period.

"It's not the way I wanted it to go," Grubauer said. "It's my job to stop the puck, and I didn't stop it today."

Braden Holtby turned aside 17 shots in relief as the Caps fell to 8-11-4 as the road team this season.

Washington is home for just one game before closing the month of January on a five-game road trip. The Caps are 14-8-4 as the host this season.

Ottawa has lost two straight after going 6-0-1 in its previous seven outings. Just like Washington, the Senators fell 4-1 to the Rangers in their last game, although Ottawa's loss came on home ice. Derek Stepan posted a goal and two assists to lead the visiting Blueshirts to the win at Canadian Tire Centre.

Marc Methot had the only goal of the game for the Senators, while Craig Anderson allowed all four goals on 31 shots.

"Obviously tonight we didn't get the job done," said Anderson. "Guys would like to fix their mistakes, but there's nothing that can be done about this one, we just have to come back tomorrow and get back to work."

Anderson will get the start again for the Senators on Tuesday. He is 10-5-1 with a 2.43 goals against average in 16 career games against Washington.

Ottawa has won two straight and three of four on the road and is kicking off a four-game swing on Tuesday. The Sens are 10-8-4 as the visiting team this season.

01/21 11:09:33 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
3rd
HOU 56
POR 50
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
2nd
SJS 1
LOS 2
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3