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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.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres