Game Recap – 11/30/2018 – New Jersey Devils v. Washington Capitals

New Jersey Devils (9-10-4 22pts) v. Washington Capitals (14-7-3 31pts)

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals enter their weekend homestand on a 6 game winning streak as they take on the New Jersey Devils, who last time these two teams met whitewashed the Capitals 6-0. However, in their past six games the Devils have only won one game (1-2-3), and are looking to turn things around for them.

 

For the Capitals, they have been 7-1-0 since the return of Tom Wilson from suspension, and without key players TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov who are both out due to concussions, but with the promising prospect of gaining Kuznetsov back, that could add a kick to the Capitals powerplay that has struggled during these winning times.

 

Lineups:

New Jersey Devils:

Taylor Hall¬†—¬†Nico Hischier¬†—¬†Jesper Bratt

Marcus Johansson¬†—¬†Pavel Zacha¬†—¬†Kyle Palmieri

Brett Seney¬†—¬†Travis Zajac¬†—¬†Blake Coleman

Brian Boyle¬†— Michael McLeod —¬†Miles Wood

Andy Greene¬†—¬†Damon Severson

Mirco Mueller¬†—¬†Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher¬†—¬†Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Drew Stafford, Stefan Noesen, Egor Yakovlev

Injured: Steven Santini (broken jaw), Joey Anderson (lower body)

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin —¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†—¬†Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana¬†— Evgeny Kuznetsov —¬†Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky¬†—¬†Lars Eller¬†—¬†Devante Smith-Pelly

Chandler Stephenson¬†—¬†Nic Dowd¬†—¬†Dmitrij Jaskin

Michal Kempny¬†—¬†John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov¬†—¬†Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos¬†—¬†Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd

Injured: T.J. Oshie (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery)

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 3:51 – Nicklas Backstrom (7) from Alex Ovechkin (11) and Michal Kempny (5)

Capitals Penalty – 6:02 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Cross Checking

Capitals Penalty – 18:38 – Devante Smith-Pelly 2 minutes for Interference

 

End of 1st РNJ Р0       WAS- 1

Shots              09                08

Faceoffs         12                07

Hits               07                  03

PP                 0/1*               0/0     *2nd in Progress

 

Analysis:

This was an ok period for the Capitals. The scored early on a great play by Alex Ovechkin to Nicklas Backstrom. However, the Devils did a good job of attacking the Capitals and making it difficult to leave their own zone. Plus on the Devils powerplays so far they have exposed the Capitals at certain times because of the Capitals being extra aggressive on the penalty kill.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to do a better job of getting out of the zone cleaner, also the Capitals need to ease up on the aggression on their penalty kill a bit as mentioned above, the Devils have found an opening and is exposing it to their advantage. Lastly, the Capitals need to keep the feet moving and draw some penalties to get their powerplay on the ice.

 

Second Period:

Capitals SHG – :08 – Tom Wilson (7) from Matt Niskanen (8)

Capitals Penalty – 1:05 – Madison Bowey 2 minutes for High Sticking

Devils Penalty – 7:29 – Taylor Hall 2 minutes for Tripping

Devils SHG – 9:23 – Travis Zajac (8) from Blake Coleman (7)

Capitals Penalty – 17:39 – Tom Wilson 5 minute major for Illegal Check to the Head

 

End of 2nd РNJ Р1        WAS Р2

Shots               26                 18

Faceoffs          21                 12

Hits                 09                  04

PP                   0/3*               0/1     *4th in progress

 

Analysis:

This was a rough period for the Capitals. It started off well from when Tom Wilson scored 8 seconds into the period but after that the Devils out hustled and out worked the Capitals in many facets of the game. The Devils were also the more physical. Braden Holtby has been spectacular in this game and is a huge reason this game is still 2-1 Capitals.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to kill off the last 2:39 seconds of Tom Wilson’s Match penalty, which was an overblown call as he never made head contact, and once they do they need to pick up the pace and take it to the Devils. Also the Capitals are getting killed in the faceoff circle and needs to do a better job in the 3rd period.

 

Third Period:

Capitals Goal – 5:45 – Andre Burakovsky (4) from Michal Kempny (6) and Nicklas Backstrom (23)

Devils Penalty – 8:26 – Miles Wood 4 minutes for Butt-Ending

Devils Penalty – 10:17 – Sami Vatanen 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals PPG – 10:57 – Nicklas Backstrom (8) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (16) and John Carlson (22)

Devils Goal – 12:35 – Nico Hischier (5) from unassisted

Devils Goal – 18:10 – Marcus Johansson (4) from Nico Hischier (10) and Taylor Hall (18)

Capitals ENG – 18:30 – Alex Ovechkin (19) from unassisted

Capitals ENG – 19:37 – Nicklas Backstrom (9) from Alex Ovechkin (12)

Capitals Penalty – 19:56 – Madison Bowey 2 minutes for Delay of Game

 

End of 3rd РNJ Р3         WAS Р6

Shots              36                   31

Faceoffs        30                    27

Hits               12                     06

PP                 0/5                    1/4

 

Analysis:

In what was a very hard fought battle for the Capitals as they had to endure against a faster Devils team, as well as the loss of Tom Wilson to a very questionable Match penalty for an “illegal hit to the head” when replays clearly showed he hit the shoulder while trying to get out of the way of Brett Seney while Seney was backing up. However, the Capitals persevered and won their seventh straight game. The Devils made it difficult for the Capitals, but they found a way.

 

Also after celebrating surpassing Peter Bondra to become 2nd Franchise history in Points, Nicklas Backstrom would record a hat trick (3 goals) and an assist to continue where he left off against the New York Islanders.

 

Next Up:

Washington (15-7-3 33pts) v. Anaheim (13-10-5 31pts)

New Jersey (9-11-4 22pts) v. Winnipeg (14-8-2 30pts)

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