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Tuesday, January 13th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (20-18-3) at Washington Capitals (27-13-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals will try to get back on the winning track when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers for tonight's interconference battle at the Verizon Center.

The Capitals, who lead the Southeast Division with 57 points, had won seven straight games before losing consecutive tilts over the weekend. The two-game slide dropped Washington's record to 12-3-0 over its last 15 games.

After losing a 3-0 decision against visiting Columbus on Friday, the Caps were handed a 5-4 setback the following night in Montreal.

On Saturday, Sergei Kostitsyn netted the game-winner for the Canadiens with 21.2 seconds left, atoning for a penalty just minutes earlier that allowed Washington to tie the contest. All told, Montreal used a four-goal third period to get past the Capitals at the Bell Centre.

Alexander Semin notched a pair of goals and Michael Nylander posted a goal and an assist for Washington.

Tomas Fleischmann also scored and Brent Johnson gave up five goals on 35 shots in the loss. Mike Green had two assists.

The loss to Columbus snapped Washington's home winning streak at nine games, but the Caps still have the best record as the host in the Eastern Conference, going 18-2-1 in D.C. this year.

The Oilers were able to halt a two-game slide their last time out, as they earned a close win over visiting St. Louis on Sunday. Sam Gagner scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and also added an assist, as Edmonton got past the Blues, 2-1.

Gilbert Brule also scored for Edmonton, while Dwayne Roloson stopped 21-of-22 shots in the win.

The victory allowed the Oilers to end a five-game homestand with a positive 3-2-0 record. Tonight, Edmonton, which is 11-10-0 as the visiting team, begins a three-game road trip that will also feature stops in Minnesota and Colorado.

Washington has taken two of the last three meetings with the Oilers overall and Edmonton has dropped six straight road tests against the Caps. Edmonton's last win at Washington came on January 26, 1997.

01/13 10:54:31 ET

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