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Capitals halt Red Wings' streak, Kings stay hot vs. Jackets

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 10:49:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

The Red Wings and Capitals will get together for the third and final time this season, with either team still capable of winning the season series. The two clubs have engaged in two low-scoring affairs this season and will head to the nation's capital for a nationally televised rubber match.

The Wings won the first contest between the two clubs, a dreary 1-0 victory. The next game had a little more excitement with Evgeny Kuznetsov making some great moves to give the Caps a 2-1 overtime win. So what will the third match up bring? Probably not a lot of goals, at least, and maybe some free hockey after regulation.

This matchup is likely to come down to the goalies, however. Detroit has not yet named a starter, but it would appear likely that Petr Mrazek will make his third start against the Wings. Mrazek and Capitals starter Braden Holtby have allowed just two goals apiece in this series so far. The Red Wings netminder carries a .924 season save percentage into the game, while Holtby owns a .928 mark. Both will be tested against the talented group of forwards each will face.

The Caps have been very good on home ice, with a 10-3-1 record. One of those home regulation losses came at the hands of the Red Wings, but Washington has a chance to grab first place in the Metropolitan Division again Tuesday night. They're right with the New York Rangers, despite having played three fewer games. With the way Washington has been playing – 7-1-2 in their last 10 – they might be a little too much for the similarly hot Red Wings.

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