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Alex Ovechkin has been through a pair of nine-game goal-less streaks during his NHL career, but until Wednesday night he had never gone five straight regular season games without a point.

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News and notes as the Capitals [4-2-2] take on the Detroit Red Wings [4-2-2] tonight at VerizonCenter [7:30 p.m., NBCSN]:

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Alex Ovechkin has been through goal-scoring droughts before.

Early in the 2008-09 season [Oct. 13-Nov.8] and again in 2010 [Nov. 17-Dec. 2] he went nine games without a goal.

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz says it will be a game-time decision, but it appears he’s leaning toward inserting right wing Tom Wilson into the lineup in place of Eric Fehr tonight when the Detroit R

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Capitals right winger Troy Brouwer has been wearing pink skate laces and using a pink stick since the start of October.

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