The Detroit Red Wings (17-49-5, 39 points) took it on the chin in their last outing with a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit Red Wings had won two straight prior to the loss to Carolina but remain in last place in the Atlantic division with their closest competitor the Ottawa Senators ahead of the Red Wings by 23 points.
The Washington Capitals (41-20-8, 90 points) have played unimpressively the last month but have hung on to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Washington lost its last outing on Monday night to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 and lead by just one point over the 2nd place Philadelphia Flyers and four points over the 3rd place Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington has lost three of its last four and eight of its last 12.
Red Wings winning streak snappedThe Detroit Red Wings returned to their old ways with a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit fans were expecting miracles after the Red Wings won two straight including a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks followed by a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, reality set in and the Red Wings lost for the seventh time in their last nine games and 11th time in their last 14.
The low-scoring Red Wings are led by Tyler Bertuzzi with 21 goals and center Dylan Larkin has the most assists at 34 and total points at 53. Detroit is allowing an average of 3.73 goals per game and scoring almost two goals less at 2.00 goals-per-game. Detroit's power-play is the NHL's worst at 14.9% and its penalty kill is one of the worst at 74.3%.
Washington hanging on to Metropolitan division leadThe Washington Capitals remain in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division by just one point over Philadelphia and with their poor play over the last month the Capitals have allowed the Flyers and Penguins to remain close in the division race and Washington is risking falling down the standings in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Capitals are 3rd in the Eastern Conference but only lead the 5th place Penguins by four points and the 4th place Flyers by one point.
Veteran left winger Alex Ovechkin is the leading goal scorer for the capitals with 48. Defenseman John Carlson has team highs in assists with 60 in points with 75. The Capitals are allowing an average of 3.07 goals per game and scoring an average of 3.42 goals per game. The Capitals power-play scores 19.4% of the time and the penalty kill is successful 82.6% of the time.
- Washington is 6-1 in the last seven at home against Detroit
- Detroit is 3-11 in the last 14
- The Red Wing are 0-5 in the last five against the Capitals