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Friday, November 1st (All times Eastern)

Washington Capitals (5-7-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will try to avoid a third straight loss when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for Friday's battle at Wells Fargo Center.

However, Washington will have to halt its slide without the services of superstar winger Alex Ovechkin, who did not make the trip to Philadelphia due to injury and is day-to-day.

The Capitals are completing a five-game road trip on Friday and are 2-2-0 on the swing, having won the first two tilts in Winnipeg and Edmonton before losing to Calgary and Vancouver.

After absorbing a 5-2 loss Saturday against the Flames, the Caps were handed a 3-2 setback Tuesday in Vancouver. Washington grabbed a 2-1 lead less than two minutes into the third period, but Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin answered with goals for the Canucks to grab the close decision at Rogers Arena.

Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist while Mikhail Grabovski scored the other goal for the Capitals. Michal Neuvirth made 38 saves in defeat.

"They put a lot of pucks on net and it wasn't an easy game," Neuvirth said. "They are a pretty good team around the net and we took too many penalties and I think we got tired a little."

Ovechkin suffered an unspecified upper-body injury in Tuesday's loss, but head coach Adam Oates did say it wasn't a concussion. Ovechkin, who is second in the NHL with 10 goals this season, suffered the injury in the first period, but returned to the contest and was on the ice as time expired in the third.

Ovechkin has missed only 21 games during his standout NHL career and just 12 of those absences have been due to injuries. Since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005-06, Washington is 11-8-2 when playing without No. 8.

The Flyers won't miss Ovechkin, who has torched Philadelphia for 24 goals and 39 points over 29 games. Philadelphia is aiming for a bounce-back performance on Friday after blowing a 2-0 lead in Tuesday's 3-2 setback against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Matt Read and Vincent Lecavalier hit the back of the net in the first period for the Flyers, but Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks in the middle stanza and Kyle Palmieri tallied the tying and winning goals in the third period for Anaheim.

Wayne Simmonds recorded assists on both goals, but Steve Mason fell to 3-6-0 despite making 34 saves.

"You always want to come away with the two points, but there are things out of your control that happen during the game that affect the outcome," said Mason. "Tonight we blew another lead, and we keep digging ourselves a hole that we can't get out of."

The Flyers had won two straight for the first time this season prior to Tuesday's loss and the home setback against the Ducks dropped Philly's record at Wells Fargo Center to 2-5-0 this season.

Philadelphia made a trade on Thursday, swapping forwards with the Colorado Avalanche in a deal that sent Max Talbot to Denver in exchange for Steve Downie, who is now in his second stint with the Flyers. Philadelphia selected Downie with the 29th overall pick of the 2005 draft and remained in the organization until being traded to Tampa Bay on Nov. 7, 2008.

Downie, 26, totaled one goal and six assists in 11 games with the Avalanche this season. Talbot has one goal and an assist in 11 games with the Flyers.

Friday's tilt is the first of five meetings between the Flyers and Caps this season. The longtime geographical rivals are both in the Metropolitan Division this season following the onset of the NHL's realignment plan. Philadelphia had previously played in the Atlantic when Washington was in the Southeast, but the clubs used to be members of the old Patrick Division from 1979-1993.

Philadelphia has won two straight and five of the past six meetings against the Capitals and Washington has dropped three in a row in the City of Brotherly Love.

11/01 10:38:53 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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7:00pm Tonight
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CIN 4
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CLE 2
KAN 8
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WAS 2
ANA 7
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TOR 9
BAL 3
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DET 8
CWS 6
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MIA 1
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TAM 7
MIN 3
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NYY 9
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STL 3
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CHC 9
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TEX 5
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ATL 85
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BRK 95
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WAS 101
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SAN
DAL
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BOS 3
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NYR 4
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SJS 4
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