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Daily Primer Feb. 2: Rematch in Washington

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Feb. 2: Rematch in Washington
The Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals -- two teams in desperate need of points -- will face each other Sunday afternoon on NBC in the U.S. and NHL Network in Canada.

Two teams in desperate need of points will face each other in front of a national-TV audience Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals, who have fallen into seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, return home to face the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA). The Capitals (24-22-9) are two points behind the Red Wings (24-19-11) after Detroit beat Washington 4-3 in a shootout at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:

Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals -- It's the second of a home-and-home series between these teams, and the first of a four-game homestand for Washington. The Capitals wrapped up a five-game road trip (2-2-1) with the shootout loss in Detroit on Friday. Washington forced overtime when Joel Ward erased a 3-2 deficit at 19:53 of the third period. The Red Wings, who have been hit hard by in the injury bug, saw captain Henrik Zetterberg (back) and goaltender Jimmy Howard (knee) return to the lineup Friday but are still without several regulars, including Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens -- Winnipeg has scored at least three goals in all but one of the nine games Paul Maurice has coached since he took over for Claude Noel. The Jets have won seven of those games and have pulled within sixth points of eighth place in the Western Conference. Playing a two-game set on Super Bowl Weekend since the 1990-91 season, the Canadiens are 24-16-4-1; they are 11-8-3-1 in games played the day before the Super Bowl, and 13-8-1-0 on Super Bowl Sunday. Montreal suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre in a Saturday matinee.

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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

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