Two days after losing to the best team in the Western Conference, 4-1 to the Stars at home, the Wings host one of the better squads in the East. The Capitals have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL at just 25. It will be the first time Mike Green will face D.C., where he spent the first 10 seasons of his career. As for the Wings in goal, Petr Mrazek will get the starting nod.
Green notched his 250th career assist in a 4-1 loss to Dallas on Sunday as the Red Wings saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Detroit must find its best form against Washington, which has won four of its last five games and is one of only five teams in the league with double-digit victories. Captain Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with eight goals – one in each of the last three games – and has 483 in his career, needing one to pass newly inducted Hall-of-Famer Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player in NHL history. Five players have recorded at least 11 points for Washington, which is 4-1-0 on the road.
The Washington Capitals fell behind for the 4th consecutive game before taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a shootout to send the Verizon Center crowd home with smiles. Nickolas Backstrom scored with less then a second left in regulation to send the game to overtime while Alex Ovechkin tallied in the second period and in the 4th round of the shootout to make a winner of Braden Holtby who allowed both goals on 25 shots. The Maple Leafs saw Daniel Winnik and James van Riemsdyk light the lamp but let one get away with James Reimer giving up two goals on 29 shots including the heartbreaker in the last second of regulation.
The Dallas Stars great start to the season continued in a 4-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday that upped their record to 12-3-0. A balanced Stars attack saw Valeri Nichushkin and Cody Eakin while Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp scored and added assists. The offensive burst made life between the pipes for Kari Lehtonen good as he recorded 21 stops in picking up the win. The Red Wings never got their offense going with Gustav Nyquist scoring their only goal while Jimmy Howard recorded 20 stops before getting hurt in the third. The Red Wings have dropped have dropped to 7-6-1 with loss number three in a row.