Following an end to their longest winning streak of the season, the Washington Capitals hope to get a similar performance from Semin in the same venue as they try for a ninth straight home victory over the Thrashers on Sunday.
Semin had career highs of 40 goals and 84 points in 2009-10, but recorded just two goals and three assists in his first seven games this season. In the past 10 contests, though, he’s scored 10 times with seven assists.
That lead might disappear if Semin can duplicate his recent efforts against the Thrashers. In his past 12 meetings with Atlanta, Semin has 10 goals and 11 assists.
Semin also enters this matchup on a seven-game points streak, after assisting on Karl Alzner’s(notes) goal midway through the first period Saturday against Buffalo. The Capitals’ failed to win their seventh straight game after falling 3-2 in overtime.
The Capitals (12-4-1) have won 13 of 16 overall against the Thrashers (7-7-3), but Atlanta has given its Southeast Division rivals all it can handle in two meetings this season.
The Thrashers opened the season with a 4-2 home victory over Washington on Oct. 8, and nearly stole another win Oct. 23 at the Verizon Center despite Semin’s heroics.
The Thrashers enter this game having gone 1-3-1 in their last five, and they allowed Pittsburgh to score three third-period goals in Saturday’s 4-2 loss.
“We gave them all we could give them and created our chances,” coach Craig Ramsay said. “We just gave up a couple of bad goals.”
Ovechkin has 28 goals and 32 assists in his 38 matchups with the Thrashers, his most against one opponent in his career. However, he has one assist in this season’s two meetings, and had his eight-game points streak snapped Saturday.