Contain Ovechkin - Ovechkin has a goal in 5 straight games and 15 pts in his last 16 games.
Need a fast start - Caps are 20-1-3 when scoring first. Detroit hasn't scored the first goal of a game since Dec 19th vs NYI. Need to compete right from the opening face off.
Win the goaltending battle - Braden Holtby has played in 23 consecutive games. He's lost just 4 games in regulation during that span. Jimmy Howard needs a good game against the Caps. Washington is the only team with 6 players who have scored 10 or more goals this season.