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Saturday, November 22nd (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (7-12-2-0) at Washington Capitals (5-13-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will aim to put an end to a three- game skid tonight, when they head north to face the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

Florida's recent woes continued with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night. Stephen Weiss finished with a goal and an assist for the Panthers, while Olli Jokinen and Valeri Bure added goals in defeat.

Roberto Luongo finished with 24 saves in the losing effort.

Florida fell to 2-4 since general manager Rick Dudley replaced Mike Keenan behind the bench on November 9.

The Panthers have slipped into a tie with the Carolina Hurricanes for third place in the Southeast Division.

Panthers left wing Eric Messier injured his wrist in the first period and didn't return.

Washington has lost six of its last nine contests, including a 3-2 defeat to Atlanta on Thursday. Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who have posted a league-low tying 11 points this season.

Olaf Kolzig had 22 saves for Washington in the losing effort.

Sergei Gonchar also tallied as the Caps fell to 1-10-1 when the opposition scores first.

Jagr had a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds remaining, but his shot just went wide of the net.

Washington is 3-5-0-0 at home this season.

The Capitals are 11-3-1 against the Panthers since the 2000-01 season, including a 7-1 mark at the MCI Center. Last season, Washington went 4-0-1 versus the Panthers. Washington hasn't lost to Florida since a 2-1 setback on Jan. 7, 2001.

11/22 10:39:08 ET


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