The Detroit Red Wings take on the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Red Wings dropped their sixth straight game at home, their worst losing streak at home since 1986 and were lucky to sneak three points out of those games. It is easy to see what is wrong with the Red Wings currently and it is not a lack of effort, but someone has to step up soon or the Wings will continue to fall in the standings.
Washington has received a ton of production from their top players and newly acquired asset, Mikhail Grabovski (6 goals, 11 assists). Alexander Ovechkin is back to his Maurice Richard winning days and is currenty second in the NHL with 14 goals. The Wings’ will have their hands full with the Caps tonight.
11 of the Red Wings last 15 goals have been generated by the Wings’ the first line. That type of production is not sustainable and will eventually breakdown, which mean the Wings need their secondary players to step up and produce.
Jonathan Ericsson returns to the line-up tonight, which means Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch tonight. Ouellet was a solid defenseman for the Wings, but have Ericsson back in the line-up should give the defense a big boost.
Patrick Eaves was placed on waivers yesterday and by noon today we will know whether he has been claimed by another team or will be heading to Grand Rapids.
Speaking of Grand Rapids, yesterday Jordin Tootoo was assigned to the Griffins to make room for the return of Ericsson.
Prediction: Despite the Red Wings’ ability to and skill they have not been able to translate it into and victory and that will continue tonight. 3-2 Capitals victory.
UPDATE: Luke Glendening has been sent down to Grand Rapids and Tomas Tatar re-joins the line-up.