Tune into Sun Sports at 7 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Washington Capitals. NHL Lightning territory.
The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be top contenders in the Eastern Conference, though each has underachieved to this point.
If recent history plays a role, Washington has a solid opportunity to improve its position.
The Capitals seek their 11th win in 13 home meetings against the struggling Lightning, who hope to avoid a sixth consecutive loss Friday night.
Washington (22-17-2) won for the fifth straight time at the Verizon Center by beating Pittsburgh 1-0 on Wednesday to avoid a third loss in a row.
Jason Chimera scored and Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves, including a big stop late in the game on Evgeni Malkin.
"He made all the good saves that he had to make," center Matt Hendricks said. "When we needed him to make that great save, he was there, as well."
Washington is 10-9-1 under coach Dale Hunter, who was ...