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Monday, November 24th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (5-13-1-1) at Detroit Red Wings (11-8-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try for their sixth win in eight games this evening when they start a three-game homestand against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.

On Saturday, Brett Hull and Pavel Datsyuk each posted a goal and an assist, as Detroit rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

Kris Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom and Boyd Devereaux also scored for the Red Wings, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven.

Curtis Joseph, playing for the first time since November 8, started in place of an injured Dominik Hasek and made 27 saves. Hasek missed his third straight game and is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

Head coach Dave Lewis has not announced who will start tonight's contest. Manny Legace has not played since allowing three goals in Thursday's loss, but Lewis might opt to stick with Joseph.

Also on the injury front for the Red Wings left wing Ray Whitney (groin) and right wing Darren McCarty (back) are questionable for tonight's game.

Detroit, 6-2 at home this season, will be starting a three-game homestand tonight.

Washington, meanwhile, has dropped two straight after falling in overtime, 3-2, to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Olaf Kolzig made 22 saves for the Caps, who have won just twice in their last eight games (2-5-0-1) and are last in the Southeast Division with a miserable 12 points.

Their five wins (5-13-1-1) tie them with Pittsburgh and San Jose for the fewest in the league.

Jaromir Jagr scored his seventh goal of the season for Washington, which reeled off a season-high 23 shots on net in the setback.

It was also the 15th time this season that Washington failed to score at least three goals in a game.

Robert Lang, though, is on a roll and is riding a career-high 11-game point streak (8g, 10a). His stretch is also the best in the NHL this season.

Detroit has won the last three matchups in this series and is 10-2-2 over the last 14 meetings. Washington has also struggled in the Motor City, where they have lost two straight and are just 1-5-1 in its last seven trips.

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