Capital Eyes On New Jersey – Game 36

Washington Capitals (19-12-4) v. New Jersey Devils (9-21-2)

7:30 PM EST – Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.

TV/Radio: Versus; Caps Radio 1500

Season series:

October 9 – Washington (7) – New Jersey (2)

November 22 – New Jersey (5) – Washington (0)

Last game: The eight-game losing streak did not reach nine in a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Sunday. Despite entering the second period down 2-0, the Capitals scored three times in less than seven minutes to take the lead and hold it for the rest of the game. Mathieu Perreault, a late scratch Saturday, scored twice, while Eric Fehr added the other goal.

Possible lineup for Washington:

Forwards

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Perreault-A.Gordon
Chimera-Johansson-Bradley
Hendricks-Steckel-Beagle

Defense

Hannan-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Poti

Goal

Varlamov/Neuvirth

Possible lineup for New Jersey:

Forwards

Ilya Kovalchuk  – Jason Arnott – Dainius Zubrus
Patrik Elias – Travis Zajac – Jamie Langenbrunner
Mattias Tedenby – Brian Rolston – David Clarkson
Rod Pelley – Tim Sestito – Adam Mair

Defense

Colin White – Henrik Tallinder
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov – Anssi Salmela

Goal

Martin Brodeur/Johan Hedberg

Outlook: With the weight of an eight-game losing streak off of their shoulders, the Caps return to Verizon Center with momentum which they hope to build before Thursday’s long-awaited matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Washington should not overlook New Jersey, who despite their poor record, more or less embarrassed the Caps the last time they met.

Eric Fehr will miss Tuesday’s game after the death of a family member. Alexander Semin should also sit out for the third straight game with a lower-body injury.

In New Jersey, the Devils are in the middle of a horrendous season. Since defeating the Capitals 5-0 November 22, the Devils are 3-8-0. The Devils’ minus-40 goal differential, 56 GF and 1.75 GF/G are all worst in the NHL. New Jersey’s 27 total goals on the road are 29th in the league.

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