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(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to get back on the winning track this evening, when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Lightning have dropped four straight and eight of their last nine contests (1-7-1). They have also fallen to fourth place in the Southeast Division and are currently just two points ahead of the basement-dwelling Florida Panthers.

The latest setback in Tampa Bay's cold streak came Saturday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes in a battle between the last two Stanley Cup champions. Eric Staal's 17th goal of the season was the difference, as the defending champion Hurricanes slipped by Tampa Bay, 3-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Ryan Craig and Martin St. Louis lit the lamp for Tampa Bay, while Marc Denis made 24 saves in the loss.

Tonight's game kicks off a brief two-game trip for the Lightning, who are just 6-7-2 as the visiting club this year.

The Capitals, meanwhile, are playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand after opening the residency with Saturday's win over Philadelphia. Alexander Ovechkin continued his torrid point streak by scoring one goal and notching two assists as Washington skated past the Flyers, 4-1.

Ovechkin has now scored a point in seven straight games, tallying six goals and 10 assists over that stretch.

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