The Minnesota Wild's most recent defeat hurt the Washington Capitals' chances of earning one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots.
They can do further damage with a victory Sunday.
Slumping Washington looks to avoid another letdown when it hosts the Wild, who have lost four of their five all-time visits to the nation's capital.
Minnesota's 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Saturday dropped the Capitals (37-30-8) to ninth place in the East, two points behind the eighth-place Sabres with seven games remaining.
Washington hasn't done itself any favors recently either, going 1-2-2 over its last five games after falling 4-3 in overtime to Winnipeg on Friday. Alexander Ovechkin scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games, giving him eight over his last six contests combined.
Ovechkin's second goal gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead, but they shifted into a defensive-minded approach and allowed the Jets to tie and eventually win the game.