NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 13th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (17-10-3-1) at Washington Capitals (9-18-1-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals try to make it two straight wins
under new head coach Glen Hanlon tonight when they invite the Detroit Red
Wings to the MCI Center.
Hanlon took over when sophomore bench boss Bruce Cassidy was fired on
Wednesday, and the woeful club responded with a 6-5 win over the visiting
Boston Bruins the next night.
Dainius Zubrus scored on a penalty shot and added two assists to lead the
charge. Jaromir Jagr and Jeff Halpern both added a score and a helper, while
Peter Bondra, Bates Battaglia and Matt Pettinger also lit the lamp for
Washington. Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves.
Washington, with 20 points, remains last in the Southeast Division -- five
behind fourth-place Carolina.
The Capitals, 4-6-0-1 on home ice, will visit Atlanta on Tuesday.
Detroit, meanwhile, hopes to bounce back after having a two-game winning
streak snapped in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to then-slumping Chicago.
Curtis Joseph, playing only because of injuries to Dominik Hasek and Manny
Legace, stopped 22 shots for Detroit, which remains atop the Central Division.
Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Brendan Shanahan added goals for Detroit, which
is just 7-8-3-0 away from home this season. Defenseman Mathieu Schneider
chipped in an assist and has a goal and eight helpers during a six-game point
Hasek (groin) and Legace (knee) are expected to sit again, as is captain Steve
Yzerman. Yzerman is currently nursing a groin injury.
The Red Wings will open a three-game homestand Monday against Florida.
Washington snapped a three-game series losing streak to Detroit with a 4-1
road win on November 24. Detroit is, however, 5-1-1 in its last seven at
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