With Ovechkin and Company coming to town, we need to play smart hockey in our own zone -- not giving up the odd man rushes and keeping things spread to the outside. Let Mason take care of the shots from outside by creating lanes for him to see. We have shown we can shut down some high powered scorers.
At the same time, we should have some opportunites. Washington has given up a lot of goals, and their goaltending is middle of the road. We need to create some odd man opportunities, get traffic low and keep the puck moving on offense.
Some calculated recklessness on offense and discipline on defense should create lots of scoring chances. Huselius, Chimera and others are due to capitalize tonight. Go Jackets!!!