Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, March 19, 2012: Fan Preview

It is a scary time for the Detroit Red Wings. The St. Louis Blues have already hit 100 points on the season and have earned themselves a playoff spot. Then as Pavel Datsyuk slowly makes his way back on the ice, the Red Wings lose more key players to injury. Pair all of that with the season quickly winding down and a four-game losing streak, and this fan is quickly worrying about how realistic a Stanley Cup is given the team's current situation.

Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings
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On a positive note, the Red Wings return home to face the Washington Capitals on Monday, March 19. With a 28-4-2 record on their home ice, it is easy to feel the confidence in the team rush back in. There is little doubt they will make the playoffs barring any major tragedy, however, losing any sort of home ice advantage will be extraordinarily detrimental to their hopes for a championship.

It is do or die time for Detroit. Every game counts.

The matchup…

The Detroit Red Wings will take on the Washington Capitals at the Joe Louis Arena located in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The standings…

Detroit comes into the game having lost their last four games and with a 44-24-4 record. They are 28-4-2 on their home ice have won three of their last 10 games.

Washington enters the matchup having lost their last two games and with a 36-30-6 record. They are 13-19-3 on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

The season series…

The season series stands at 1-0 in favor of the Capitals.

Where to watch…

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or —

In Detroit: FS-D

In D.C: CSW

The season statistic leaders…

Detroit: Jimmy Howard 2.11 GAA, Johan Franzen 26 Goals, Pavel Datsyuk 43 Assists, Pavel Datsyuk 60 Points.

Washington: Tomas Vokoun 2.53 GAA, Alex Ovechkin 29 Goals, Dennis Wideman 34 Assists, Alex Ovechkin 53 Points.

Injuries to note…

Detroit: Darren Helm (lower body), Johan Franzen (back spasms), Joey MacDonald (back spasms), Nicklas Lidstrom (deep bone bruise in right ankle), Jakub Kindl (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (fractured left wrist), Patrick Eaves (fractured jaw, post-concussion symptoms).

Washington: Nicklas Backstrom (concussion symptoms), Tom Poti (groin).

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Updated Sunday, Mar 18, 2012