Washington meets New York for the third time this season, having lost the first two meetings by two goals each.
Backstrom and Ovechkin are both nursing three-game point droughts, plus notes on goaltender Braden Holtby climbing back into the saddle and Ovechkin's embellishment penalty vs. Nashville.
Brouwer last scored on Feb. 25, but the bitterness of a 4-3 loss to Nashville overpowered the feelings of finally finding the net.
With another 100-point team ahead, the Capitals had little time to stew over allowing three first-period goals and falling at home.
Two goals by forward Troy Brouwer made Saturday afternoon competitive, but the Capitals spent two periods fighting uphill, back from a 3-0 deficit.
Coach Barry Trotz gets his rematch against his old club and Washington begins its toughest back-to-back of the season.
Plus forward Troy Brouwer considers his 12-game goal drought and leftovers from today's print story on Curtis Glencross.
"Don’t want them to rally around me," Trotz said. "I want them to rally around each other, so they recognize we didn’t play well as a group."
Wilson previously received a warning for an embellishment penalty against Toronto, and for his second citation got docked money.
The 23-year-old defenseman is scheduled to play Friday, Sunday and Wednesday on his conditioning loan.