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

 

Washington Capitals (2-0-1 5pts) v. New Jersey Devils (1-0-0 2pts)

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Nathan Walker — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin

Injured: Michal Kempny (concussion), Travis Boyd (lower body)

Suspended: Tom Wilson

 

New Jersey Devils:

Taylor Hall — Nico Hischier — Kyle Palmieri

Marcus Johansson — Pavel Zacha — Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood — Travis Zajac — John Quenneville

Blake Coleman — Brian Boyle — Jean-Sebastien Dea

Mirco Mueller — Sami Vatanen

Andy Greene — Damon Severson

Will Butcher — Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Steven Santini, Eric Gryba, Drew Stafford

Injured: Jesper Bratt (jaw), Cory Schneider (hip)

 

First Period:

Devils Goal – 7:02 – Kyle Palmieri (3) from Nico Hischier (2) and Taylor Hall (1)

Capitals Penalty – 9:59 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Hooking

Devils Penalty – 12:13 – Miles Wood 2 minutes for Roughing

Devils Penalty – 12:13 – Damon Severson 2 minutes for Roughing

Capitals Penalty – 12:13 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Roughing

Capitals Penalty – 17:43 – John Carlson 2 minutes for Hooking

Devils PPG – 18:33 – Kyle Palmieri (4) from Will Butcher (2) and Travis Zajac (1)

 

End of 1st – WAS – 0       NJ – 2

Shots              6                   13

Faceoffs         7                  16

Hits               10                   7

PP                 0/1                 1/2

 

Analysis:

This was not a great first period for the Capitals. They were dominated by the Devils for the majority of this period. There were some great opportunities for the Capitals to get shots on goal but they were just too cute with the puck, or passed it too many times. Their lone powerplay was wasted with their inability to shoot the puck.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to shoot more. Plain and simple. You don’t shoot the puck, you don’t score. The Capitals also need to win more faceoffs and pass less. The Capitals also need to neutralize the Devils speed as they are just buzzing right now.

 

Second Period:

Capitals Penalty – :47 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Tripping

Devils Goal – 2:54 – Marcus Johansson (1) from Sami Vatanen (2) and Mirco Mueller (2)

Devils Penalty – 10:22 – Stefan Noesen 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 2nd – WAS – 0        NJ – 3

Shots               11                  25

Faceoffs          12                 26

Hits                 18                  14

PP                   0/2                  1/3

 

Analysis:

Another poor period for the Capitals. They are letting the Devils buzz around them and dictate the pace of the game. The Capitals are not generating many shots, even though the opportunities have been there to shoot more, and the Capitals are being dominated in the faceoff circle.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to get to work and start taking it to the Devils. Pheonix Copley is doing everything he can keep the Capitals in this one, but he needs support, and the Capitals need to give it to him.

 

Third Period:

Devils Penalty – 1:00 – Stefan Noesen 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Penalty – 1:22 – John Carlson 2 minutes for Tripping

Devils Goal – 5:49 – Blake Coleman (1) from Ben Lovejoy (1)

Devils Goal – 11:35 – Jean-Sebastian Dea (1) from Brian Boyle (1)

Devils Goal – 14:45 – Brian Boyle (1) from unassisted

Devils Penalty – 17:52 – Damon Severson 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 0         NJ – 6

Shots              21                   36

Faceoffs        23                    37

Hits               30                     19

PP                 0/4                    1/4

 

Analysis:

This was an abysmal game for the Capitals. They were out shot, out hustled, and out played throughout this entire game. They were below par in the faceoff circle and this was an overall horrible game. People will blame the fact that this was the second game of a back to back, but that is no excuse as the Capitals should have been ready to play when the puck dropped. You have to feel bad for Copley, as he did play an amazing game, but got zero support from his team.

 

Next Up:

Washington (2-1-1 5pts) v. Toronto (4-1-0 8pts)

New Jersey (2-0-0 4pts) v. San Jose (2-2-1 5pts)

 

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