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                             Wednesday, October 28
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 DETROIT RED WINGS (4-2-2) AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS (4-2-2), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings will both
 be looking to rebound from their second regulation loss of the season on
 Wednesday night as the two clubs clash in D.C.
 
 The Capitals picked up their two setbacks on a three-game road trip, dropping
 games to Edmonton and Vancouver around a victory against Calgary. They closed
 the trip with a 4-2 loss to the Canucks, falling to 4-2-2 on the year.
 
 Marcus Johansson scored and Liam O'Brien added his first career tally for the
 Caps, who had won four of six coming in. Justin Peters stopped 30 shots in
 defeat, but was victimized for three goals in a 1:47 span late in the second
 period.
 
 "They came out strong and we were a little flat," Peters said.
 
 Braden Holtby expects to start for the Capitals tonight and has won both of
 his previous career starts against the Red Wings, posting a 2.89 goals against
 average and .914 save percentage.
 
 Washington has won four straight as the host over Detroit, which hasn't picked
 up a victory in D.C. since Dec. 9, 2005.
 
 The Red Wings, also 4-2-2 on the season, are coming off their first regulation
 loss since Oct. 11 as they were bested 4-2 in Philadelphia on Saturday.
 Detroit had won three of four overall going in, with each of its previous
 three contests reaching overtime.
 
 The Red Wings managed to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in extra time last
 Thursday, but only got goals from Riley Sheahan and Pavel Datsyuk in the loss
 to the Flyers.
 
 Jonas Gustavsson made 13 stops in defeat.
 
 "You're going to have breakdowns in games -- that's the way it goes. But I
 thought we did tons of good stuff," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.
 "You know when I go through it, the other night we didn't play as good against
 Pittsburgh, and then in the end we get ourselves two points."
 
 Jimmy Howard will get the call for the Red Wings in net and is 2-1-2 with a
 3.47 GAA and .871 save percentage in five previous starts against Washington.
 
 Detroit forward Johan Franzen has missed four in a row due to a groin injury
 and is not expected back before the weekend. The Red Wings host the Los
 Angeles Kings on Friday.
 
 
 NASHVILLE PREDATORS (5-1-2) AT EDMONTON OILERS (4-4-1), 10 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - With just two games left, the Edmonton Oilers can
 probably already consider this homestand a success.
 
 The Oilers try to extend their four-game winning streak on Wednesday night as
 they play host to the Nashville Predators.
 
 Edmonton suffered a 2-0 loss to Vancouver on Oct. 17 to begin this seven-game
 homestand, with the setback to the Canucks dropping the Oilers to 0-4-1 on the
 season.
 
 They haven't lost since, picking up home wins over Tampa Bay, Washington,
 Carolina and Montreal to record their longest winning streak since claiming
 five straight from March 26-April 3, 2012.
 
 The common theme for the Oilers has been wins over the Eastern Conference as
 their season-opening five-game skid came against meetings with clubs in the
 West.
 
 Edmonton made it 4-for-4 against the East with Monday's 3-0 triumph over the
 Canadiens. Ben Scrivens made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season, and
 he has been in net for each game during this win streak.
 
 "I thought the guys in front of me did a great job," said Scrivens, who have
 seven career shutouts. "Lot of big blocks for us. I thought they did really
 well clearing pucks."
 
 Scrivens' effort came on the same day he was named the NHL's Second Star for
 the week after going 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals against average and .920 save
 percentage the previous week.
 
 Benoit Pouliot scored his first goal as an Oiler and assisted on Nail
 Yakupov's tally, while Taylor Hall added a empty-netter late in regulation to
 down the Habs.
 
 Edmonton's sixth game of its residency will be a special one for rookie Leon
 Draisaitl. The third overall pick of the most recent draft is slated to play
 in his 10th game of the campaign, which would activate the first season of his
 entry-level deal and mean he will likely stick with the Oilers for the rest of
 the campaign.
 
 Draisaitl has a goal and two assists in nine games.
 
 Scrivens should get the start in net tonight and is 1-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA and
 .920 save percentage in three lifetime meetings with the Predators.
 
 Nashville begins a six-game road trip tonight coming off its first regulation
 loss of the season. The Preds opened up 5-0-2, but were blanked by the
 Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Saturday.
 
 Pekka Rinne allowed all three goals on 26 shots for Nashville, which had won
 two straight, netting six non-shootout goals over that span.
 
 The Predators, though, had just 12 shots through two periods on Saturday.
 
 "Their backs were tight and their back checks were good," Nashville head coach
 Peter Laviolette said of Pittsburgh.
 
 James Neal had two shots on net against his former club. Nashville got Neal in
 a trade with Pittsburgh during the offseason for forwards Patric Hornqvist and
 Nick Spaling.
 
 The Predators will have forward Matt Cullen available tonight as he practiced
 on Monday. He has not played since suffering an upper-body injury on Sept. 24
 during the preseason.
 
 The Preds have lost three straight and nine of their last 13 versus the
 Oilers, who have claimed three in a row and five of the last six meetings in
 Edmonton.
 
 Rinne is 9-6-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .889 save percentage in 19 games (18
 starts) versus the Oilers.
 
 
 
 
 10/29 10:34:31 ET

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