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|Steven Stamkos will try to stop Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals on Tuesday night at Verizon Center.|
It is only fitting that Stamkos is facing the Capitals and Penguins in January, because it was around this time in his 2008-09 rookie season when he started to find his offensive groove. Since the 2009 calendar year began, Stamkos is tied with the most goals in the NHL. His 44 power-play goals in that span are 12 more than anyone else.
The Capitals are coming off a win over Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic and are on a three-game winning streak. The Lightning have won their last two and lead the Southeast Division based on win percentage, because both teams have 51 points in the standings.
Most goals since Jan. 1, 2009
E.J. Hradek's pick: I'll take Tampa.
Devils goalies since Nov. 15
E.J. Hradek's pick: I'm calling for a Wild win.
Fewest goals per game since Dec. 20
E.J. Hradek's pick: I suspect the Avalanche will get things turned around with a win over the Sabres.
E.J. Hradek's pick: The pick is Detroit.
• Hradek's picks for all of Tuesday's games