WINNIPEG, CANADA - NOVEMBER 17: Arturs Kulda #44 of the Winnipeg Jets and Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck in NHL action at the MTS Centre on November 17, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
The Caps face yet another pivotal Southeast Division matchup Thursday when the Jets land at Verizon Center.
The Washington Capitals may have won one important Southeast Division game Tuesday, but they face yet another one Thursday at Verizon Center when the Winnipeg Jets pay their second visit of the season.
Tuesday, the Caps reclaimed the Southeast Division lead in a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers after relinquishing it last week in a loss to the Panthers. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and second against Florida.
Meanwhile, Winnipeg is four points behind Washington, though they have played two more games. The Jets play three of their next four games on the road before starting an eight-game homestand. The Caps might catch a break Thursday as Kyle Wellwood, who has four points (two goals) in three games against the Caps this season, did not make the trip due to an illness.
Washington is 2-1-0 against Winnipeg this season.