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Wednesday, December 14th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (9-17-2) at Los Angeles Kings (18-12-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings hope to keep things moving forward tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to the Staples Center.

LA has won two of its last three games on the heels of a four-game skid. On Saturday, Pavol Demitra scored two goals and Mathieu Garon made 35 saves to lead the Kings past the Florida Panthers, 3-1, at Staples Center.

Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Kings, who snapped a two-game home losing streak. Craig Conroy added his 18th assist of the season.

Demitra notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season, and leads the team with 16 tallies, 22 assists and 38 points.

Los Angeles, which trails Dallas by two points in the Pacific Division, is 11-5-0 at home. The Kings will visit Anaheim on Friday.

Washington, meanwhile, has lost two straight and seven of its last eight. On Friday the Caps dropped a 4-3 tilt to Detroit in the finale of a three-game home set. Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals and Nicklas Lidstrom tallied a goal and two assists to lift the Red Wings.

Jamie Heward notched a goal and two assists and Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and a helper for Washington. Goaltender Olaf Kolzig stopped 26 shots in the loss.

Ovechkin has posted three goals and four assists during a three-game point streak. He leads all rookies with 18 goals and 32 points -- one point ahead of fellow phenom Sidney Crosby.

The Capitals, who are 2-10-1 on the road, begin a brief trip tonight and will visit San Jose on Friday.

Los Angeles has won three straight meetings with Washington, and is 7-2-1 in the last 10 clashes overall.

12/14 10:26:16 ET

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