Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Hurricanes Roll Into Verizon Center In Third Game Of Caps' Homestand

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots on goalie Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at the Verizon Center on March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Caps welcome the 'Canes to Verizon Center for the third of a four-game homestand Sunday.

The Washington Capitals are one of the NHL's best home teams; only three more teams have more than the Caps' 33 points at Verizon Center. In the midst of a four-game homestand, Washington hopes to improve on that record again against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Sunday matinee.

The Caps are 2-0 so far on their current homestand, having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 Wednesday and the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Friday. Washington has won six of eight overall and in doing so, has control of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes look up at the Caps along with 12 other teams as they currently sit in 13th place. That did not seem to matter, however, as Carolina defeated the second-seeded and defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins 4-2 Saturday. Jay Harrison's game-winning goal with 90 seconds left sealed the Hurricanes' third victory over the Bruins this season and fifth in their last 10 games overall.

More good news for the Hurricanes could come in the form of the return of Jeff Skinner, who has missed 16 consecutive games with a concussion. Skinner participated in Carolina's morning skate before Saturday's game against the Bruins.

The Caps will look to take advantage of another tired team; the Hurricanes, like the Penguins and Lightning, are going to be playing in the second of back-to-back games. Making things tougher for Carolina will be Washington's recent dominance at home; the Caps have not trailed at any point in their last six games at Verizon Center.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.