Washington Capitals (0-1-0) v. New Jersey Devils (0-0-1)
7:00 EST – Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500
Last Game: The Capitals opened the season with a dud in a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble scored for Washington in a game overshadowed by the unexpected fainting of Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. Evander Kane scored twice for Atlanta, including a penalty shot on a controversial penalty call on Mike Green.
Possible lineup for Washington:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Knuble
Semin – Fleischmann – Laich
Chimera – Johansson – Fehr
Hendricks – Gordon – Bradley
Schultz – Green
Poti – Carlson
Erskine – Alzner
Possible lineup for New Jersey (according to In Lou We Trust):
Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Ilya Kovalchuk
Patrik Elias – Jason Arnott – Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Rolston – Dainius Zubrus – David Clarkson
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond – Rod Pelley
Henrik Tallinder – Andy Greene
Colin White – Matt Taormina
Anton Volchenkov – Mark Fraser / Alexander Urbom
Outlook: Both the Caps and the Devils opened the season with lackluster efforts. The Devils squandered a 2-0 lead in losing to Dallas 4-3 in overtime. That means both teams will be hungry for a better display tonight (considering this seems to be a media-predicted preview for the Eastern Conference Finals). Michal Neuvirth will get the start tonight, while Martin Brodeur will also get a chance to erase last night from his brain. There will be a big-fight feel at the Verizon Center tonight.