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Ovechkin can set mark when Capitals visit Red Wings

by John Kreiser

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are looking forward to making some history.

Ovechkin enters the Capitals game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CSN-DC+, FS-D) tied with new Hall of Fame member Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals by a Russian-born player. Ovechkin scored the 483rd goal of his career on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fedorov finished his NHL career with the Capitals in 2008-09, and Ovechkin assisted on his 483rd goal. Fedorov will be at the game as part of Hockey Hall of Fame night and said he would be delighted to see his former teammate break his record.

"It's awesome," Fedorov said Friday after being honored with his Hockey Hall of Fame ring; he will be inducted into the Hall on Monday. "Records are made to be broken, so to me he's always been the goal-scorer and when he got close, I'm like, 'Of course it's him.'"

The Capitals have a chance to equal a record of their own. They would be 11-3-0 with a victory, matching the 1991-92 team for the best 14-game start in franchise history.

Former Washington defenseman Mike Green will also play against his old team for the first time. Green signed as a free agent with the Red Wings during the summer after 10 seasons with the Capitals.

Here are other games that should garner plenty of attention:

Tuesday, Nov. 10 -- Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; ALT, CSN-PH): The Avalanche, last in the Central Division, take a two-game losing streak into the opener of a seven-game road trip that will keep them away from Pepsi Center until the night before Thanksgiving. The Flyers are back at Wells Fargo Center after a 3-0 victory at the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday in the finale of a road trip that ended a six-game losing streak.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 -- New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-CA): The Islanders have lost five of their past six and scored nine goals in that span; after a 2-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday, captain John Tavares agreed this is a good time for a road trip. New York begins a three-game California swing against the Sharks, who are in a slump of their own with seven losses in 10 games after a 4-0-0 start.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 -- Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS): The Canadiens won 3-2 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 13, dropping the Penguins to 0-3-0. But Pittsburgh enters the latest edition of the Wednesday Night Rivalry game having won nine of 11 since then and will try to cool off a Montreal team that is 13-2-1 after 16 games.

Thursday, Nov. 12 -- St. Louis Blues at New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, MSG): Two of the NHL's best teams meet for the first time this season when the Blues come to Madison Square Garden. The Blues have won 14 of their 65 visits to the Garden since entering the NHL in 1967, but they are 8-0-1 since the start of the 1998-99 season.

Saturday, Nov. 14 -- Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-MW): The Blues return home after a four-game trip that started with a 6-5 overtime win in Chicago 10 days earlier, a game in which the Blues rallied to win after allowing five first-period goals.

Sunday, Nov. 15 -- Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, CSN-CH): The Flames and Blackhawks play the first of two games in six days, They'll meet again in Calgary on Nov. 20 in the second of Chicago's annual six-game "Circus Trip," which will keep the Blackhawks on the road through the end of November.


Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks -- Kane's linemates are often in a state of flux, but his production has been consistent no matter who he's played with. Kane has points in 10 straight games, and shares the League lead in goals (10) and points (23) after a four-point night against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks -- After an appendectomy forced him to miss four games, Getzlaf had assists on all four of Anaheim's non-empty net goals during back-to-back victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks. He and the Ducks (4-0-0 after a 1-7-2 start) are finding their game.

Eric Fehr, Pittsburgh Penguins -- Fehr missed the first 10 games of the season while recovering from offseason elbow surgery but has given the Penguins a lift since his return. He has two goals (one game-winner) and an assist in four games, and has played on a scoring line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist for the past couple of games due to the absence of Pascal Dupuis.

Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers -- The Flyers signed Neuvirth to back up Steve Mason, but he's capitalized on the chance to play afforded by Mason's health problems. Neuvirth leads all goaltenders with three shutouts after blanking the Jets on Saturday, has a 1.81 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in eight appearances and could end up taking the No. 1 job.


Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers -- The Oilers hope the return of Eberle will help to compensate for the loss of Connor McDavid, who's out indefinitely with a broken clavicle.

Eberle played his first game of the season Friday after missing the first 13 with a shoulder injury sustained during the preseason. He is playing on the right side of a line that has Taylor Hall on the left and rookie Leon Draisaitl in the middle. Draisaitl, a natural center, had been playing right wing but was moved back to the middle after McDavid's injury. Eberle had his first goal of the season Sunday.

Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks -- The Russian rookie stepped onto Jonathan Toews' line when Marian Hossa missed three games with a lower-body injury. Hossa returned Sunday, so Panarin was reunited with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane. He looked right at home, and had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 victory against Edmonton. He has four goals and 15 points in 15 games.

"That group together has been fun to watch," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'm sure they were happy to be back together again, and got it going right off the hop."

Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals -- Washington coach Barry Trotz put Burakovsky back together with fellow Swedes Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson last week, reuniting a combination he used during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring. Staying on a line with Backstrom, one of the NHL's top playmakers, should help Burakovsky's offensive game get untracked.

Dylan McIlrath, New York Rangers -- It has taken five years, but the 10th player chosen in the 2010 NHL Draft is making the case he's ready to play in the NHL. He got the call ahead of veteran Dan Boyle in two games last week, and was impressive enough that coach Alain Vigneault had him killing a penalty late in the third period of a 2-1 victory at Colorado on Friday. "I think he's on the right path," Vigneault said.


The Blackhawks have struggled without star defenseman Duncan Keith, who returned to practice Sunday. Quenneville said he's hoping Keith will be able to return by the weekend. The Blackhawks also hope another injured defenseman, Michal Rozsival, could be ready by Thursday. … Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has made 50 starts for the Minnesota Wild since being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in mid-January and has yet to lose back-to-back games in regulation. He kept that mark intact with a 31-save, 1-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, two days after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators. … The Tampa Bay Lightning led the NHL in goals last season, so coach Jon Cooper is puzzled about their recent scoring problems. The defending Eastern Conference champs have lost six of their past eight games and scored three goals in the six losses. They had plenty of chances in the 1-0 loss at the Wild but couldn't beat Dubnyk. "The frustration is not out of a lack of scoring chances, a lack of effort, a lack of all the things you look for. The frustration is out of, I'm confused," Cooper said after the loss. "The guys are doing all the right things, they're doing everything you ask of them. They're not going in. We sit here and say, 'Eventually, it's going to end.' But it's going on a lot longer than I anticipated." … Blues rookie forward Robby Fabbri, the 21st player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, got the good news that he'll stay with the team rather than being returned to juniors. The Blues also signed Martin Havlat, 34, to a one-year contract after a 10-day professional tryout.

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