Less than 24 hours after having their 10-game home winning streak halted, the Washington Capitals attempt to exact revenge when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Washington, which hadn't lost at Capital One Arena since Nov. 30 against Los Angeles, dropped a 3-1 decision to Carolina on Thursday in the opener of their home-and-home series.

Lars Eller scored the lone goal to extend his run to three games for the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals, who also had their season-high five-game overall winning streak halted. Thursday's victory allowed Carolina to break even on its four-game road trip, which began with a triumph in Pittsburgh. Sebastian Aho recorded his team-leading 15th goal in the win to tie fellow Finn Teuvo Teravainen for first on the club in scoring with 35 points. The 20-year-old Aho has netted four tallies in as many contests and landed on the scoresheet in eight of his last nine games, collecting eight goals and four assists in that span.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Washington Plus, FS Carolinas

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (27-14-3): Captain Alex Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet on Thursday, ending a five-game point streak during which he registered four goals and five assists. A six-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner, the 32-year-old shares the league lead in tallies with Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov (27) and is four assists shy of 500 for his career. Nicklas Backstrom recorded two goals and six assists during his four-game point streak, which also came to an end on Thursday.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (20-15-8): Jordan Staal is riding a four-game point streak during which he has collected two goals and two assists after tallying in Thursday's contest. The 29-year-old center, who was selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, needs one goal to reach 200 for his career. Carolina is facing Washington for the third time in six games as it suffered a 5-4 overtime loss on Jan. 2 in its most recent home contest.


1. Backstrom is three goals away from reaching double digits for the fifth straight season and 10th time in his 11 NHL campaigns.

2. Tom Dundon became the majority owner of Carolina on Thursday after purchasing 61 percent of the team from Peter Karmanos, who has retained a minority ownership interest.

3. Washington D John Carlson's next point will be his 300th in the NHL.

PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Hurricanes 1