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Sunday, February 2nd (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (24-19-11) at Washington Capitals (24-22-9), 12:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to complete a home-and- home sweep of the struggling Washington Capitals when the teams meet for Sunday's finale in D.C.

The Red Wings opened this two-game series with Friday's 4-3 shootout win in Detroit. It was Washington's ninth loss in 11 games, although the Capitals were glad to get a point thanks to Alex Ovechkin's game-tying goal with seven seconds left in regulation.

Patrick Eaves scored in the seventh round of the shootout to help Detroit earn two points despite surrendering the late goal to Ovechkin. The first six shooters on either side failed to find the net before Eaves buried a wrister into the left corner in the seventh round. Jay Beagle was then stopped by Jimmy Howard for the win.

"He has a lot of confidence as a player and always likes to help the team no matter what role he is in," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock about Eaves. "Tonight he came through for us and he's felling really good right now."

Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Danny DeKeyser all scored in regulation for the Red Wings, while Howard stopped 26 shots through 65 minutes in the win.

Ovechkin and Jason Chimera each posted a goal and an assist in the second straight loss for the Capitals. Michal Neuvirth stopped 42 shots in the setback, which came one night after Washington dropped a 5-2 decision in Columbus.

"We played a hard-fought game last night and they were resting," said Washington head coach Adam Oates. "We came in here and played a good game and got a point out of it. Their goalie just played better."

The Capitals are expected to face Howard again on Sunday. He is 2-1-1 with a 2.89 goals against average in four career outings against Washington.

Despite Washington's recent struggles, Ovechkin has scored seven times over his last eight games and he is leading the NHL with 39 goals. Ovechkin's next goal will give him 40 or more in a season for the sixth time in his career and for the first time since he posted 50 in 2009-10.

The 28-year-old Russian has nine goals and six assists in 10 career games against the Red Wings.

Detroit is 4-1-1 over its last six games and enters Sunday one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia Flyers, who are idle on Sunday, currently hold the East's eighth and final postseason berth with 60 points. The Capitals are trailing the Red Wings by just two points in the East standings.

The Red Wings expect to play a 13th straight game without star forward Pavel Datsyuk, who is battling an unspecified lower-body injury.

Detroit winger Johan Franzen will miss today's test with a concussion as he isn't eligible to come off injured reserve until Monday. Franzen has missed two straight and 18 of the last 19 games due to head injuries.

Washington defenseman Mike Green sat out Friday's tilt with an upper-body injury and he could be suffering from a concussion. Caps forward Mikhail Grabovski has missed the last four games with a sprained left ankle and, like Green, he isn't expected to be in the lineup on Sunday.

Caps forward Brooks Laich could also miss today's tilt after sitting out much of the third period on Friday due to groin tightness.

Washington had won three straight in the series against the Red Wings prior to Friday's loss. Detroit can halt a three-game road losing streak in D.C. with a victory this afternoon.

02/02 10:31:08 ET

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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
 
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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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