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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings respect Alex Ovechkin’s accomplishments. They are clear about that. But coach Derek Lalonde is also said that the team doesn’t want to allow Ovechkin to pass legendary Gordie Howe when he’s playing the Red Wings tonight.

Howe played 25 years for the Red Wings. In addition to moving past Howe, Ovechkin is now only 94 behind Wayne Gretzky for the all-time record.

“It’s pretty special to see it happen,” Detroit’s David Perron said. “I think anybody, when he started in ’05 or ’06, whenever he started, he changed his style of play a little bit from then, he was running around a lot more back then, being more physical. He still does at times. Trust me, in playoffs, I’ve been on the other side of a couple hits and it’s not easy. ”

“But he’s also found a way to be consistent, scoring his goals on the power play, obviously, but he does it in different ways, too. It’s pretty amazing what he’s doing. In a way I think we’re all kind of cheering for him a little bit as far as down the road if he can beat that record it would be a cool thing for the league. Certainly a record that 10 years ago no one saw that it could ever be broken.”

But the Red Wings don’t want to move past Howe tonight.

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 Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (13-10-6) are home against the Washington Capitals  (13-14-2). This is a critical game for the Red Wings who have lost five in a row (4-0-1). They can’t allow the season to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, the Capitals have won six of their last seven games to climb back into the Metropolitan Division race. Adding to the Capitals’ motivation:  Alex Ovechkin’s Gordie Howe chase,

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Boston: The Boston Bruins placed Craig Smith on waivers. It’s doubtful he will be claimed. He has been a healthy scratch at times this season. Boston Bruins. 

Colorado: The Avalanche terminated the contract of Danil Zhuravlyov. He had been struggling in the American Hockey League and decided to return to Russia. Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: Zac Dolpe is making the most of his chance with the Panthers. Florida Panthers. 

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Montreal: Why Josh Anderson is receiving another shot at playing on the Canadiens’ top line. Montreal Canadiens.

New York:  Stefen Rosner explains what went wrong in the NIkita Soshnikov situation. New York Islanders. 

Pittsburgh: Could James van Riemsdyk be a good fit for the Penguins? Would the Flyers deal him to the Penguins? Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: The Sharks were embarrassed by a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. San Jose Sharks. 

Vegas: Alex Pietrangelo missed nine games because his four-year-old daughter, Evelyn, had flu that turned into encephalitis. She temporarily lost all motor skills and functions. However, she is on her way to a full recovery.  Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Goalie Charlie Lindgren has found his way with the Washington Capitals.