January 15, 1998

Tonight: Canucks at Sabres. A matchup of last-place teams has the Canucks, last in the Pacific Division, facing the Sabres, in the cellar of the Northeast Division.

Swings: Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig collected his 20th victory of the season against Ottawa on Tuesday night, six more than he had previously in his entire five-year NHL career. Capitals left wing Andrew Brunette, who had only seven career goals in spot call-ups over two seasons, has eight in eight games since his recall from Portland of the AHL in December.

Streaks: Washington ended a six-game losing streak against Ottawa with a 4-0 victory Tuesday night. The Capitals had been outscored by the Senators 23-4 in that span.

Slump: The Senators, who went 0-for-3 on the power play on Tuesday night against the Capitals, have not scored with a man advantage in nine games, going 0-for-28.

Sitting it out: Red Wings restricted free agent Sergei Fedorov said he's prepared to sit out the entire season to get the contract he wants. The Russian center, a former winner of the Hart and Selke trophies, reportedly wants a $6 million a year salary in a four-year contract. The Red Wings are said to have offered $5 million a year over four years.

Speaking: "He's Johnny-on-the-spot. He knows where he should be. He's not a great skater. At times, you actually wince from the bench watching him skate, but you know if we have control of the puck around the net, then good things are going to happen. Those are one of those things you can't teach." -- Washington coach Ron Wilson on forward Andrew Brunette, who scored twice in the Capitals' 4-0 victory over Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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