Carolina (7-3-2) at Washington (5-4-2), 7:00 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alex Ovechkin could not deliver a win in
his return to the Washington Capitals' lineup after a two-game
He will try to lift his team against a Southeast Division foe on
Thursday, when the Capitals face the first-place Carolina
Ovechkin returned from a six-day trip back to Russia to be with
his ailing grandfather on Tuesday and managed four shots on goal
at Ottawa, but Washington settled for a single point as the
Senators grabbed a 2-1 victory in overtime.
Ovechkin, the reigning Art Ross, Maurice Richard and Hart Trophy
winner, was kept off the scoresheet.
The Hurricanes are coming off two straight wins over the Toronto
Maple Leafs and have their offense in high gear, totaling 11
goals in home-and-home series. Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu
tallied in each of the games.
Ray Whitney has recorded five points in the last three contests.
The left wing leads Carolina with 11 points this season, two
more than Eric Staal.
The Hurricanes will be seeking a measure of revenge against the
Capitals, who went 9-1-0 over their final 10 games last season
to surge into first place in the Southeast, overtaking Carolina
by two points.