How do you follow up a 7-1 win against your archrival? The Caps will answer that question tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings. Here are three bold predictions for tonight's game (and don't worry, one of them is not that the Caps will not score 7 goals again):
1. Mike Green will be held off the scoresheet
In three games last season against his former team, Green was held without a single point. Though he still remains a threat on the blue line for Detroit, Green’s only goals this season came in a single game when he netted a hat trick against Ottawa on Oct. 17. Green has only one point in his last three games and two points in his last five.
2. Nicklas Backstrom will extend his point streak
The veteran center has been the Caps’ most dangerous player the last two games and there seems to be an instant chemistry on the new top line with Backstrom centering Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie. It’s not going to be a five-point game like he had against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, but he will get at least one point.
3. Caps will score on the power play
The team’s ice-cold power play scored twice with the man advantage on Wednesday, but neither goal came at 5-on-4 (4-on-3 and 5-on-3). If they want to ensure the power play is finally back on track, they need to take advantage of a struggling Detroit penalty kill. The Red Wings have allowed at least one power play goal in four of their last five games and rank 27th in the NHL with a 78.9 percent kill rate.
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