Red Wings and Capitals hockey players face off
Can Detroit keep rolling? Get our Red Wings vs. Capitals preview, prediction, and projected lineups.

The Detroit Red Wings look to start a new winning streak as they head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals. Detroit is getting healthier, having recently welcomed back captain Dylan Larkin after an extended absence. The addition of Patrick Kane has also provided a spark.

The Capitals, meanwhile, are struggling to find consistency. Despite the presence of the legendary Alex Ovechkin, Washington has been inconsistent, and are fighting for a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference.

Key Matchups

  • Dylan Larkin vs. John Carlson: Larkin has found his form since returning, and he’ll need to continue his hot streak against a seasoned veteran like Carlson.
  • Patrick Kane vs. Capitals Defense: Kane will be looking to exploit the Caps’ defense, but he’ll likely see a heavy dose of Martin Fehervary and company.
  • Alex Lyon vs. Charlie Lindgren Neither starting goaltender for either team inspires a ton of confidence, so this game could truly become a shootout

Game Prediction

This game has all the makings of a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair. With both teams’ playoff hopes on the line, expect a desperate effort from both sides. Ultimately, I think home-ice advantage gives the Capitals the slight edge, but don’t be surprised if this one goes to overtime.

Final Score Prediction: Capitals 5, Red Wings 4 (OT)

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