NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Detroit 1 0 0 1
Washington 0 1 2 3
1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET21:00 GMT5:00 2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST1:00 UAE (+1)16:00 ET19:00 BRT, November 23, 2018
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 18,506

Caps aiming for 4th straight win vs. Detroit

Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals

  1. Detroit defeated the Bruins, 3-2, on Wednesday for its sixth win in eight games. The Red Wings are 7-2-0 (.778) in November after going 3-7-2 (.333) in October, the third-largest month-to-month improvement in franchise history and largest since February & March 2008 (min. 5 games each month).
  2. Washington beat Chicago, 4-2, for its fourth win in five games after losing four of the previous six. The Caps have scored power-play goals in three straight games and 28.2 percent of their total goals have come with a man advantage, the fifth highest percentage in the NHL.
  3. The Capitals have earned points in eight straight meetings with Detroit, tied for their second longest active streak against a single opponent (vs. Bruins, 13 games). Five of the 15 meetings since 2013-14 have gone to overtime, including two of the past four.
  4. Frans Nielsen logged his 11th assist of the season on Wednesday but has yet to score a goal. He has the most assists of any player without a goal this season.
  5. Tom Wilson lit the lamp in the Capitals win, his second goal this season. Wilson has six points (2g, 4a) in five games since returning from suspension on November 13. The Caps are 4-1 in those five games, winning all four games in which Wilson has a point and losing the only game in which he did not.
  6. Alex Ovechkin has scored 12 goals in 23 career games against Detroit; that 0.52 goals per game rate is fifth-highest among active players with at least 20 games against the Red Wings.

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals go for their fourth straight win when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

But the Red Wings (10-9-2) are no soft touch these days. After a 1-7-2 start Detroit is 9-2-0 in its past 11 games. Their latest outing was a 3-2 overtime win against the visiting Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Andreas Athanasiou tied the score at 8:29 of the third period off a rebound and won it 49 seconds into overtime. Tyler Bertuzzi added a goal and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves for Detroit.

Athanasiou has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past six games.

"Obviously it was a little bit of a slow start with some unfortunate bounces and a lot of things that just weren't going our way, but we stuck with it and kind of worked our way out of it and can kind of see things are starting to turn," Athanasiou said. "We're playing really good hockey so it's definitely a lot of fun."

Howard is 6-1-0 with a .936 save percentage in his past seven starts and the Red Wings are above .500.

"To me it means we're one game above .500 and we've got to go play Washington and find a way to win," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've got to keep getting better here, keep finding ways to win, and keep putting points on the board."

Washington (11-7-3) is playing strong hockey despite the continued absence of top-six forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. They did not practice Thursday and will miss Friday's game with upper-body injuries.

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Capitals in a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Tom Wilson scored in his first home game since returning from suspension for Washington. Andre Burakovsky, Michal Kempny and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored, and Jakub Vrana had two assists.

"Yeah, that was a really balanced attack tonight," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. "I feel we did the best we could to shut down their top line and still get contributions offensively from some other guys as well. So, it was a good team win for us."

The win gave the Stanley Cup champions their first three-game winning streak of the season. The first two games of which came on the road in overtime.

"Obviously, it was a shorter summer for us and a shorter time to prepare ourselves for the season," Burakovsky said. "Just to get back after a year that we had, I think it's tough to get in and get going right away. So, we're building our game slowly and tonight I think we did exactly what we wanted."

Nicklas Backstrom had an assist Wednesday and has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

Washington is third in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind Columbus and the streaking New York Rangers. The Capitals visit the Rangers on Saturday.

Holtby is 9-2-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout against the Red Wings. Howard is 4-3-3 with a 2.82 GAA and .900 save percentage versus Washington.

Ovechkin has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 23 games against the Red Wings.

The Capitals were 2-0-1 against the Red Wings last season with one of the wins coming in overtime.

Updated November 22, 2018

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