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Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals - 1/31/14

Washington Capitals (24-21-8) at Detroit Red Wings (23-19-11)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings -147 / Washington Capitals +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS2, CSN-DC, FS-D

Joe Louis Arena will be the site of the visiting Washington Capitals versus the Detroit Red Wings in a battle of two teams that must pull things together in order to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. 

The Washington Capitals will be playing without a day of rest as they head into Detroit. On Thursday, the Caps visited the Columbus Blue Jackets and came up short in a 5-2 loss. The Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. The loss snapped a two game winning streak that saw Washington score ten goals. Washington is now just 2-6-2 in the last ten games.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals - 1/31/14

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Detroit will look to improve on a subpar home record this season, which has been a constant of past Red Wings teams. The Wings head back to Joe Louis after a terrible outing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. The Flyers stuck it to the Wings in a game where Detroit never could break Steve Mason, who made 33 saves in the 5-0 Philly win. The loss marked the second consecutive for the Red Wings, who are now 4-5-1 in the last ten games.

This game will be the first of a home-and-home series, which means there will be emphasis for Detroit to pick up a win in the first game. The Wings will also look to get revenge for a game back in November where Washington stole a victory in a shootout at Joe Louis.

The Caps are 4-1 in the last five meetings, but the home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings. The Caps are playing on a back-to-back and it will be the third game in four nights for the club. The price is not fantastic here, but I think the Red Wings cash the ticket.

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