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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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