Here the forward lines and D-pairings for the Capitals tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings
1st forward line- Ovechkin, Backstrom, Knuble
2nd forward line- Laich, Fleischmann, Semin
3rd forward line- Chimera, B. Morrison, Fehr
4th forward line- Gordon, Steckel, Bradley
1st D-pairing- Schultz, Green
2nd D-pairing- Poti, Sloan
3rd D-pairing- Alzner, S. Morrison
Chris Osgood is expected to start tonight for the Detroit Red Wings. Osgood is getting his first start since Dec. 20 against the Chicago Blackhawks, a contest in which he allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 3-0 Blackhawks win.
This will be Osgood's first game action of any kind since January 12. Osgood allowed three goals on 11 shots in a 6-0 Islanders win.
Here are a few more notes to keep in mind as you watch tonight's game.
Measure up –The Capitals face last year’s two Stanley Cup finalists in back-to-back games Tuesday vs. Detroit and Thursday at Pittsburgh.
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Going Green –Defenseman Mike Green is the only player in the NHL with three eight-game point streaks this season (3g-8a, +6 in his current streak). Green has points in 35 of the Capitals’ 48 games, the most on the team. He leads all NHL defensemen with 12 goals and 49 points. With a point against Detroit he would match his season-long nine-game point streak and would become the fifth Capitals defenseman to post three straight 50-point seasons (Scott Stevens, Sergei Gonchar, Kevin Hatcher, Larry Murphy).
Green, who has led NHL defensemen in goals each of the past two seasons, has scored 21 more goals than any other defenseman in that time (61 to Zdeno Chara’s 40) and has 24 more points (178 to Nicklas Lidstrom’s 154).
Just Laich this –Brooks Laich had two goals and an assist Sunday against Philadelphia, matching his goal total from the previous 26 games and point total from the previous nine games in one outing. Laich, who started the season with 18 points (7g-11a) in the first 17 games, ranks fifth on the team with 34 points and shares the team lead with seven power-play goals.
Powerful stuff –The Capitals, who only trailed Detroit on the power play last season, lead the league at 25.1% this season. They were 1-for-1 in only 8 seconds of power-play time on Sunday and are 7-for-14 in the last five games.
Ovi elevates –Alex Ovechkin has points in six straight games with four multiple-point games in that time (4g-10a, +10 total). He has moved within two goals and three points of the league lead in those categories despite missing eight games and passed teammate Jeff Schultz for the league plus/minus lead (+28). Ovechkin has 34 points (13g-21a) in 19 games since returning from suspension. Ovechkin leads the league in goals per game and points per game.
Leading the way –This marks the latest point in a season that the Capitals have held first place in their conference. Their 17-point division lead entering Monday’s Tampa Bay-Florida game is the largest division lead in franchise history. The Capitals affiliates in theAHL (Hershey) and ECHL (South Carolina) both have 16-point division leads.