2011-12 has been a long one for the Washington Capitals as they now face the season's home stretch.
Here are two reasons Capitals fans need to root for their two biggest rivals.
Whatever Alex Ovechkin's numbers, Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk says he ranks among the NHL's elite.
He hasn't made many friends in the locker room, but Capitals coach Dale Hunter called the right shots in Detroit.
It took a hydration pill and some timely blocked shots, but Braden Holtby hung on to record his first NHL win of the season.