Washington Capitals (31-11-5) vs New Jersey Devils (17-22-7)
|Predicted Goaltender||Record||GAA / SV% / # SO|
|Washington Capitals||Ilya Samsonov||13-2-1||2.11 / .925 / 1|
|New Jersey Devils||Louis Domingue||3-5-0||3.55 / .884 / 0|
After ending a two-game losing streak for the second time in the month of January, the Washington Capitals are looking ahead as they take on the New Jersey Devils for the second time in five days. Last Saturday, the Devils stomped the Caps by a score of 5-1.
On Monday night, the Washington Capitals shutout the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 to split their season series two wins apiece. It was of upmost importance for Todd Reirden’s club to come back and exhibit a good showing after what was the Caps’ worst game of the season versus the Devils. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, with his 27th and 28th goals of the season, surpassed Teemu Selanne and now sits at 11th all-time. It was Ovechkins’ 129th career multi-goal game. Just short of the 12-minute mark, Alex Ovechkin potted his first of the game. The first period saw four Washington power plays, and it was the fourth opportunity on the man-advantage that would end with the puck behind Petr Mrazek. Ovechkin scored his 2nd of the game on the power play with just under three minutes left in the opening frame. Carolina received three consecutive power plays in the second period, but Washingtons’ 2nd ranked penalty kill kept the Canes off the board. Washington was gifted two more power play chances in the third but did not convert. Most notably, was the extraordinary goaltending of young Ilya Samsonov. The young Russian goaltender marked his first career shutout, and tallied the Capitals’ first shutout of the season. With the win, Samsonov has won his last eight starts. Ilya Samsonov will make his second consecutive start for the Capitals, as he will start against the Devils.
On Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils played the Toronto Maple Leafs, where they lost by a score of 7-4. Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Devils had previously won their last two games, where they outscored their opponent 8-2, including their defeat over the Capitals. Early in the first period John Tavares scored his 18th of the season, giving the Leafs an early lead. Not even five minutes later, Frederik Gauthier improved that lead to 2-0. PK Subban was called for interference with about two minutes left in the first. With just four seconds before the expiration of the period, Zach Hyman potted his 12th of the season, on the power play. The second period saw the Devils’ first goal of the game, off of Coleman’s stick, sandwiched by two more Toronto goals. William Nylander and Auston Matthews added to the Leafs’ already-hefty lead. Matthews’ 32nd of the year also came on the Toronto power play (Coleman, high-sticking). Auston Matthews tallied his second of the game just three minutes and 58 seconds into the third period. New Jersey elected to pull Louis Domingue in favor of finishing the game with Cory Schneider, who hasn’t played since November 8th. Blake Coleman would go on to score two more goals in the third, marking his first career hat trick. His second of the game was scored at at the 12-minute mark, and his third three minutes and 35 seconds later. Coleman has 7 goals in his last 8 games. With two minutes left in the game, Martin Marincin was called for hooking, and PK Subban would end up scoring for the Devils on the power play, marking the score, 6-4. The Devils elected to pull Schneider for the extra skater in hopes of bringing them within one of the Leafs, but Auston Matthews would go on to score his own hat-trick, with his third goal of the game coming as an empty-net goal. Louis Domingue, who tallied just his second win of the season over the Capitals a few days ago, is expected to start for the Devils.
The New Jersey Devils are still without Ben Street (DL, upper body). Both Kyle Palmieri (lower body), and goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood are listed as day-to-day.
Coverage of the game begins at 6:00pm with Caps Faceoff Live, followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30pm, all on NBCSN/NBCSWA, with puck drop shortly after 7:00pm.
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TheScore. (2020). Washington Capitals News & Stats. Retrieved from https://www.thescore.com/nhl/teams/15.