Preview: Capitals at Red Wings
The Washington Capitals have answered a modest skid (3-2-2) with a sweep of the Sunshine State contingent to create momentum heading into their four-game road trip. The Capitals open that trek on Saturday against the ice-cold Detroit Red Wings, who have lost eight straight (0-6-2) while being outscored 19-2 in their last four contests.
Washington recorded its NHL-best fifth multi-goal comeback on Friday after overcoming a two-goal deficit in the third period before defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored 3:03 into overtime of a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Orlov's second goal of the season and first career overtime tally allowed the Capitals to tie Boston with league high-tying totals in wins (18) and points (41). The Red Wings reside at the other end of the spectrum with an NHL-worst seven wins and 17 points, and the club surrendered at least five goals for the 13th time in 28 games following Friday's a 6-1 shellacking by Philadelphia. "Compared to the last game, we competed way better," Detroit's Frans Nielsen said, referring to Wednesday's 6-0 setback against Toronto. "In the end, I guess the result is the same."
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, NBCS Washington, FS Detroit
ABOUT THE CAPITALS (18-4-5): Captain Alex Ovechkin made history on Friday with his 255th career power-play goal, tying Teemu Selanne for third in NHL history. Ovechkin resides four power-play points shy of matching Gary Suter (478) for 31st place all-time while his goal against the Lightning moved him within one point of Peter Stastny (1,239) for 38th place in NHL history. Ovechkin's Russian countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov has been sizzling during a 12-game stretch, collecting 16 of his 25 points in that span.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (7-18-3): Robby Fabbri recorded the lone highlight for Detroit on Friday, as his goal midway into the first period snapped his team's scoring drought at 164 minutes, 37 seconds. The 23-year-old, who has four tallies and nine points since being acquired from St. Louis, was reunited with Andreas Anthanasiou and Valtteri Filppula after the line was separated following the injury to Anthony Mantha. Anthanasiou, who joined Filppula by setting up Fabbri's tally, has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in November.
1. Washington RW T.J. Oshie had three assists on Friday after being held off the scoresheet in six of his previous seven games.
2. Detroit has yet to record a point in six meetings against Metropolitan Division foes.
3. The Capitals are 7-1-0 versus Atlantic Division adversaries.
PREDICTION: Capitals 6, Red Wings 1