Morning Skate: Red Wings at Capitals

7:30p ET, Verizon Center

Washington, D.C.


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Caps Blog: Japers' Rink

More points, more fun!

The Red Wings are riding high right now on a really nice 10 game point streak. We've seen Detroit find their game as of late and solidify their spot in the thick of things in the Atlantic Division. In regards to the point streak, the last time the Wings failed to get a point was November 14th in Boston. This stretch is exactly what the team needed.

Lineup-wise we shouldn't expect any changes. There are no forwards left to scratch thanks to the injuries to Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen. The lines from practice yesterday are listed below. If anything changes, we'll update this afternoon. This is also Mike Green's first game back in D.C. since leaving the Capitals. I hope he scores a hat trick.

The Caps, however, are also playing some winning hockey. They're 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. This will be a real good test for the Wings. Both teams are hot right now. A road win against a good team would definitely go a long way for the Wings in the confidence department.

Detroit's Expected Lineup


Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Brad Richards Pavel Dastyuk Darren Helm
Gus Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco


Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Alexey Marchenko


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Kyle Quincey, Johan Franzen, Teemu Pulkkinen, Drew Miller

Washington's Expected Lineup


Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky Evgeny Kuznetsov Justin Williams
Jason Chimera Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Stanislav Galiev Michael Latta Brooks Laich


Nate Schmidt John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov Matt Niskanen
Aaron Ness Taylor Chorney


Braden Holtby
Philipp Graubauer


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.