Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals 4/9/2024

Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Capitals 4/9/2024

The Detroit Red Wings wrap up their homestand tonight against the Washington Capitals. The Red Wings are coming off a 3-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday, while the Capitals are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Senators on Sunday.

Detroit Red Wings (38-31-8, 84 Points) vs. Washington Capitals (36-30-11, 83 Points)

When: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, MI)

Scoring Leaders

Detroit Red Wings

Points: Lucas Raymond – 63
Goals: Dylan Larkin – 31
Assists: Shayne Gostisbehere – 40

Washington Capitals

Points: Dylan Strome – 64
Goals: Alex Ovechkin – 29
Assists: John Carlson – 40

Expected Line Combinations

Detroit Red Wings

David Perron – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Alex DeBrincat – J.T. Compher – Patrick Kane
Robby Fabbri – Andrew Copp – Christian Fischer
Joe Veleno – Austin Czarnik – Daniel Sprong
Ben Chiarot – Moritz Seider
Jeff Petry – Simon Edvinsson
Olli Maatta – Shayne Gostisbehere

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin- Dylan Strome – Tom Wilson
Aliaksei Protas – Connor McMichael – Ivan Miroshnichenko
Max Pacioretty – Hendrix Lapierre – Sonny Milano
Beck Malenstyn – Nic Dowd – Michael Sgarbossa
Martin Fehervary – John Carlson
Rasmus Sandin – Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev – Trevor Van Riemsdyk

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Detroit Red Wings

PP%: 23.1 (9)
PK%: 79.6 (14)
GF P/G: 3.31 (9)
GA P/G: 3.29 (24)
Faceoff %: 50.5 (14)

Washington Capitals

PP%: 20.6 (18)
PK%: 78.5 (18)
GF P/G: 2.65 (28)
GA P/G: 3.17 (20)
Faceoff %: 46.3 (30)

Red Wings Player to Watch: J.T. Compher

Compher this season has played in 72 games, and he has recorded 43 points on 17 goals and 26 assists. He has nine points on the power play on five goals and four assists.

Compher’s Line Assignments

Compher will be on the second line with Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. He will also be on the second power-play unit with DeBrincat, Daniel Sprong, Robby Fabbri, and Moritz Seider.

Compher’s career vs. Capitals

Compher in his career against Washington has played in 11 games and has recorded seven points on two goals and five assists. In the previous two matchups, he has four points on a goal and three assists.

Between The Pipes

Detroit: Alex Lyon (20-17-4, 2.98 GAA)

Lyon last played on Sunday against the Sabres, and he got the win stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced. In his career against the Capitals, he is 2-2-1, and this season he is 1-0-1 against them.

Washington: Charlie Lindgren (21-15-7, 2.82 GAA) / Darcy Kuemper (13-14-3, 3.31 GAA)

Lindgren last played on Sunday against the Senators and suffered his fifth straight loss giving up three goals on 21 shots. He is 4-2-0 against the Red Wings in his career, and he is 1-1-0 this season against them.

Kuemper last played on Friday against the Hurricanes and he suffered his second straight loss giving up three goals on 44 shots. In his career against Detroit, he is 3-4-1.

Wrap Up

The Red Wings will enter the game of the season tonight if they can find a way to find tonight, and on Thursday the chances of them returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs are very high. A loss to the Capitals tonight will make things tougher but not unrealistic that they can still get in. With five games left at minimum, Detroit needs a point in every game but with two games against teams they are battling with for the final spot they must get two points.

In their last ten games against the Capitals, Detroit is 4-4-2, and both scored 28 goals each in those ten games. Detroit has split the season series with Washington to this point winning on February 27th and dropping the game last two weeks ago.

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