RED WINGS VS. CAPITALS
What: Detroit Red Wings (8-8-1) vs. Washington Capitals (10-4-2)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington
Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
Local radio: 97.1 FM
Outlook: Defenseman Ryan Sproul got his first career goal and had an assist and Frans Nielsen and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Wings in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at home against the Lightning. “Well we got it close, but we need the points,” Zetterberg said. “You can’t keep losing games if you want to be a team battling for the playoffs.” . . . The Capitals got two goals and three assists from Nicklas Backstrom in a 7-1 win over the Penguins on Wednesday. “We played really quick tonight, we got on their D-men,” said Backstrom, who tied his career high with five points. “We were hungry out there and we won battles and obviously we scored on our chances, too."
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