The Washington Capitals are looking for a third straight win this season against the New Jersey Devils at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. Washington has won five consecutive games against the Devils, and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has registered 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists) in 39 career games against the Devils.
Washington has a 15-point lead on the second best team in the Eastern Conference, while New Jersey is fighting for a playoff spot, so the Capitals expect a spirited effort. They also anticipate scoring will be hard, as New Jersey is first in the league with a 2.18 goals against average. That’s a credit to starting goaltender Cory Schneider, who’s 25-18-6 with a 2.02 goal-against average and a .929 save percentage.
New Jersey may be good defensively, but it’s struggled offensively and is ranked last in the league in goals for per game with 2.17. That’s a matchup Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Washington’s defense will look to take advantage of. Holtby has lost just two games in regulation since Nov. 10, and he’s 36-6-3 with a 2.15 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
The Capitals will stick with the rejiggered lines that Coach Barry Trotz debuted the last game, flipping left wings Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky on the top two lines. The full lineup is below, and the discussion thread is now open.
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Jason Chimera-Marcus Johansson-Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich-Mike Richards-Michael Latta
Nate Schmidt-John Carlson
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Dmitry Orlov
Braden Holtby (starter)
Jay Beagle (hand)