Detroit Red Wings (24-16-8-56, 3rd in Central)
Washington Capitals (30-12-6-66, 1st in Southeast)
Verizon Center, 7:00 pm
- Washington hosts Detroit for the only time this season, winners of seven of their last eight games.
- The Caps have scored four or more goals in each of their last seven contests.
- D John Carlson (+4 in two recent games) was sent back to Hershey after practice Sunday so he could participate in the AHL All-Star game
- D Karl Alzner was recalled from Hershey to take Carlson's place. Very soon they will be wearing the red together, and will for a very long time.
- LW Alex Ovechkin has four goals and 10 assists in his last six games, and was named the NHL's No. 1 Star for last week.
- Jose Theodore will start in goal for DC. In five January games, Theo is 4-1 with a 2.12 GAA and .929 save pct.
- Detroit has lost three of four games.
- Chris Osgood will get the start in net for the Wings.
- Detroit took this season's prior meeting, a 3-2 decision in Detroit, on Oct. 10.