Nearly two years after being traded by the Capitals to the
Detroit Red Wings, Lang makes his return to the nation's capital
In two seasons with Washington, Lang collected 51 goals and 92
assists in 145 games before he was shipped to Detroit on
February 27, 2004 for Tomas Fleischmann and two draft picks.
Lang - who is suffering through a groin injury - has eight goals
and 16 assists in 26 games this season. Meanwhile, Fleischmann
is playing for Washington's American Hockey League affiliate in
Since starting the season with a 12-1 record, Detroit has gone
7-7-2 in its last 16 games. The Red Wings are coming off a 5-2
victory vs. New Jersey on Tuesday behind two goals from Brendan
Captain Steve Yzerman, who scored the final goal of the game,
needs one assist to tie Red Wing great Gordie Howe (1,049) for
seventh on the all-time list.
Meanwhile, Washington has struggled offensive without Lang,
managing just 74 goals in 27 games.
The Capitals lost for the sixth time in seven games Wednesday,
dropping a 5-2 decision to Nashville. Ben Clymer and rookie
sensation Alexander Ovechkin scored for Washington, which has
scored two goals or fewer in four of its last five contests.
Detroit has won each of its last two visits to Washington,
including a 5-1 triumph on December 13, 2003 behind two goals
and two assists from Pavel Datsyuk.