Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds while Jimmy Howard finished off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
With Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen still battling the effects of a concussion, a spot is open on Team Sweden, and another Red Wing is on the list as a possible replacement.
The Capitals and Red Wings are tied at 59 points, in the middle of a six-team pack in which two points separate eighth place from 13th place in the East.
Alex Ovechkin had a game-tying goal with 7 seconds left in the third period, but Patrick Eaves scored in the seventh of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Friday night.
As much of a topic as offense has been this off-season, Nathan believes the defense will make the difference in 2014.
Detroit has been weak on the power play in January, converting on just 4 of 50 opportunities.
Johan Franzen won’t play for Sweden at the Sochi Olympics because of a concussion.
Detroit Red Wings forward Joakim Andersson has been activated off injured reserve after missing six straight games with a lower-body injury.
A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday on the proposed transfer of city-owned land as part of a new $650 million Detroit Red Wings arena and entertainment complex north of downtown Detroit.
Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux each had three points, Steve Mason made 33 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the banged up Detroit Red Wings 5-0 Tuesday night.