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Monday, December 10th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (16-10-3) at Washington Capitals (10-17-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to begin a new winning streak this evening, when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Devils had won nine consecutive games before running into the New York Rangers on Sunday. It was the Devils' longest winning streak since closing out the 2005-06 season with 11 straight victories.

New Jersey visited Madison Square Garden on Sunday, and lost a classic defensive battle with the hometown Rangers. Brendan Shanahan scored just 30 seconds into overtime as New York continued its dominance of the Devils with a 1-0 win.

The teams played scoreless hockey through the first 60 minutes as two of the top goaltenders in the league, New York's Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, put on a clinic for the sold-out New York crowd. However, Shanahan's potent one-timer shortly after the start of overtime gave the Rangers their fourth win in as many attempts against New Jersey this season.

Brodeur made 28 saves for New Jersey, which was shut out for the sixth time this season. It was the Rangers' second blanking of the Devils this year.

Tonight marks the middle test of a three-game road trip for the Devils, who are 8-6-3 as the visiting club this season.

The Capitals have won two of their last three contests and are coming off a solid victory over Atlanta. Washington hosted the Thrashers on Saturday and skated away with a 6-3 victory behind a goal and two assists from Nicklas Backstrom.

Mike Green had a pair of goals while Alexander Ovechkin added a goal and an assist for the Capitals. Olaf Kolzig made 23 saves in the win.

Washington played its second straight game without centerman Michael Nylander, who is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Nylander, who has seven goals and 18 assists this season, is questionable for tonight's tilt.

Washington is playing the second of four in a row at the Verizon Center. The Caps are just 4-8-1 as the host this season.

The Devils beat Washington, 3-2, on Friday night in the first meeting between the clubs this season. Jersey has taken two in a row and eight of the last nine meetings overall. The Devils have also come out on top in four straight trips to the nation's capital.

12/10 10:38:09 ET


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