With a 16-1-1 record since his first start this season, Andrew Hammond has anchored the Senators' ascension back into the playoff race.
The Senators aren't flashy, but they managed to sweep the Caps this season with their methodical style.
Ottawa's Erik Karlsson suffered a cut Achilles tendon Wednesday night, an injury that could prompt more players to use socks reinforced with Kevlar.
Coach Adam Oates is using the same lines he showed at the start of the previous two games for the morning skate in Ottawa. Meanwhile, the Senators will be without Jason Spezza.