Which team will take control of the young NHL season? Both are undefeated, only one will emerge unscathed. The Capitals stand at 6-0-0 while the Red Wings sport a 5-0-0 record.
The Washington Capitals will host the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night to determine which team can stay undefeated among the two. Washington sports a 6-0-0 record after putting away Philadelphia on Thursday 5-2 behind a three-goal third period, while the visiting Red Wings are 5-0-0 after besting the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night by the same margin.
Both teams are playing inspired hockey, and are ranked among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories. The Red Wings lead the NHL in goals against with 1.4 while scoring a second-best 3.6 per game. Where they struggle is on the power play, ranking 15th in the league and only succeeding on one out of every six power play opportunities. By comparison, the Capitals give up 2.2 goals a game, but score a league-leading 3.7 goals per game and convert on 26 percent of their power plays, good for third in the league.
Both teams will look to keep their undefeated streak alive for as long as possible, so expect to see two inspired teams tonight. The puck will drop at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. For more on the Capitals keep checking back with SB Nation D.C. and Japers' Rink. For more on the Red Wings visit Wringing it in Motown.