Detroit visits Metropolitan Division-leading Washington
Washington; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Red Wings take on the top team in the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals are 25-14-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. Washington is second in the NHL averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 48.
The Red Wings are 9-33-2 in conference matchups. Detroit is last in the NHL recording 27.1 shots per game.
In their last meeting on Nov. 30, Washington won 5-2. Ovechkin recorded a team-high 4 points for the Capitals.
TOP PERFORMERS: John Carlson leads the Capitals with 60 assists and has collected 75 points this season. Ovechkin has scored eight goals over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Wings: 3-6-1, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.8 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with a .891 save percentage.
Capitals: 4-3-3, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.2 assists, 5.1 penalties and 11.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.
INJURIES: Capitals: None listed.
Red Wings: Adam Erne: out (upper body).