The Washington Capitals, who split a pair of weekend games with the New Jersey Devils, had a day off yesterday and will practice today at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Naval Academy rink in Annapolis.

The Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday at Capital Centre.

Last Friday, Mike Ridley's hat trick, including two shorthanded goals, led the Capitals to a 5-2 home victory over the Devils.

The Capitals' third straight victory saw the return of Dino Ciccarelli, who scored a goal after missing 21 games with a fractured thumb.

Ridley, who had scored just six goals in the previous 29 games, became the third Capital to score two shorthanded goals in one game. Dave Christian and Mike Gartner were the others.

Saturday night in East Rutherford, N.J., the Capitals lost to the Devils, 4-2, as John MacLean scored one goal and assisted on another. The Devils scored four consecutive goals to erase a 2-0 deficit.

The victory pushed the Devils past the Capitals and into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the Patrick Division. Washington is fourth.

After Washington goals by Kevin Hatcher and Rick Leach, New Jersey's Jon Morris scored before the end of the first period. Brendan Shanahan, MacLean and Doug Brown scored in the second period for the Devils.