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Saturday, October 10th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (2-1-1) at Detroit Red Wings (1-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hope to get back on the winning track when they pay a visit to Hockeytown Saturday night for a battle with the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Washington has dropped two straight games since winning its first two of the season and is coming off Thursday's 4-3 home loss to the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center. Ovechkin, who has five goals and four assists so far in 2009-10, was held without a point, while Nicklas Backstrom picked up the slack with a pair of goals in a losing cause.

"We didn't work like usual," said Backstrom. "We tried to play too cute and difficult. We have to get back to our rhythm and get more shots on the net."

Alexander Semin also scored and goaltender Jose Theodore permitted four goals on 29 shots for the Capitals, who will open a three-game homestand versus New Jersey, San Jose and Nashville after their trip to the Motor City.

The Red Wings are coming off their first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Central Division-rival Chicago Blackhawks at the Joe.

Veteran goaltender Chris Osgood finished with 31 saves for his 390th career victory, while Kris Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen each had a goal for the Red Wings, who opened the season by losing two games to St. Louis in Stockholm, Sweden.

"We do the same thing every year and it's going to be the same thing again," Osgood said after the game. "We're going to be in the same position at the end where we're going to have an opportunity to win like we do every year."

Franzen, though, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to miss at least four months of action. It marks a big blow to Detroit's offense, as Franzen had 34 goals last year.

Meanwhile, Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (foot) is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington.

Washington defeated Detroit, 4-2, in the previous matchup on January 31, 2009 at the Verizon Center. The Red Wings, though, have won three of four and six of the last eight games with the Caps.

10/10 10:34:20 ET


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