Game Preview – 10/11/2018 – Washington Capitals v. New Jersey Devils

 

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington

 

Preview:

In their first matchup since facing each other in the last regular game of the 2017-18 season, the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils look to renew their rivalry tonight. The Capitals will be playing in their fourth game which also happens to be the 2nd of a back to back for the Capitals once again, while the Devils will be playimg in their second game of the season.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Brett Connolly

Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oshie

Chandler Stephenson – Lars Eller – Andre Burakovsky

Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Dowd – Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny – John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos – Brooks Orpik

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Be consistent in the faceoff circle

Last night the Capitals did a much better job in the faceoff circle, and should look to keep that consistency going into tonight.

 

2. Keep your feet moving

I know it sounds like a broken record already, but this is the second time now in these very early stages that the Capitala are playing in the 2nd game of a back to back. They will need to keep their legs moving, and play a much better defensive game than they did last week against Pittsburgh.

 

New Jersey Devils:

Projected Lineup:

Taylor Hall – Nico Hischier – Kyle Palmieri

Marcus Johansson – Pavel Zacha – Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood – Travis Zajac – John Quenneville

Brian Boyle – Blake Coleman – Jean-Sebastian Dea

Mirco Mueller – Sami Vatanen

Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Will Butcher – Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Eddie Lack

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

Being how this is only the second game for the Devils this season, they will want to get a good start on the Capitals who played last night. The Devils have a better team and is looking to improve upon last season. Starting strong agaimst the defending Stanley Cup Champions would be a good start this early in the season.

 

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