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Game 79

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

5p ET, Joe Loius Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NHL Netwrok

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Caps Blog: Japers' Rink

Man, these games are getting so stressful to watch. I don't know how the rest of you felt, but I was terrified that entire 3rd period last night. And now we have more hockey to watch tonight? Yikes. I'm not sure my heart can take it.

Today's game is big in so many ways. The obvious reason is that the Red Wings badly need the two points. It's also our game-in-hand on the Bruins. If we lose this one, goodbye Atlantic... hello wild card. The Capitals aren't going to just lay down by any means. They're much more secure in a playoff spot, but they have a chance to catch Islanders for home ice in the 2 vs 3 Metro matchup. Washington failed to do us a solid and beat the Senators last night, so clearly we should expect Alex Ovechkin to score 4 goals in this game. I expect that same lineup from the Wings today that they iced last night. Only difference should be Petr Mrazek getting the starting nod in net.

If you're scoreboard watching... Go Flyers and Maple Leafs. I'll gladly take all the help we can get.

The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Riley Sheahan Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Erik Cole (upper body), Tomas Jurco (upper body) & Johan Franzen (concussion)

Forwards

Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov Joel Ward
Marcus Johansson Nicklas Backstrom Troy Brouwer
Curtis Glencross Eric Fehr Jason Chimera
Brooks Laich Michael Latta Tom Wilson


Defensemen

Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Tim Gleason Mike Green


Goaltenders

Braden Holtby
Justin Peters


CAPITALS THE MATCHUP RED WINGS
43-25-11 (97 pts; 3rd in Metro) Record 41-24-13 (95 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.91 (6th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.85 (8th in NHL)
2.46 (8th) Goals Against Per Game 2.60 (17th)
25.2% (1st) Power Play % 24.1% (2nd)
81.3% (14th) Penalty Kill % 80.9% (18th)
Alex Ovechkin (52 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (28 goals)
Alex Ovechkin (79 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (62 points)

  • The Red Wings are 47-41-16-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Washington Capitals.

  • Last 10 Games: Washington 7-2-1, Detroit 3-5-2

  • Mrazek is 0-1-0 in his career against the Caps. He gave up 2 goals on 14 shots after Howard left the game with injury.

Let's Go Red Wings.