NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 12th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (7-6-1) at Washington Capitals (10-4-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to salvage the finale of a
home-and-home series when they visit the Washington Capitals for tonight's
clash at the Verizon Center.
The Capitals took the opener of this set Friday in Newark, as Jason Chimera
and Marcus Johansson both scored third-period goals to lift Washington to a
3-1 decision at Prudential Center.
The victory ended a two-game slide for the Capitals and was the club's third
win in five outings. Washington is 3-4-0 since starting the season with seven
New Jersey, meanwhile, will try to get back on track tonight after having a
three-game winning streak snapped on Friday.
Washington has taken three straight and five of the last six meetings in this
series overall. The Devils have lost three in a row, four of five and seven of
their last eight in D.C.
Alex Ovechkin also netted his seventh goal of the season for Washington in
Friday's win. The Russian superstar has 10 goals and 29 points in 23 career
games against the Devils.
Tomas Vokoun made half of his 32 saves during the final 20 minutes for the
"Tomas made some big saves for us all night when we needed them and definitely
kept us in there," Capitals forward Matt Hendricks said of his goaltender's
Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau is expected to go with Michal Neuvirth in
net this evening rather than have the 35-year-old Vokoun start on back-to-back
nights. Neuvirth is 4-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average in four career
starts against New Jersey.
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur yielded three goals on 17 shots in Friday's loss.
Johan Hedberg is expected to be in net tonight for the Devils.
New Jersey has played the last three games without winger Ilya Kovalchuk and
the club will be without the Russian sniper again tonight. Kovalchuk, who has
two goals and seven assists this season, is battling a groin injury.
Washington's Mike Green played Friday after missing the previous six games
with an injured right ankle. Green logged just seven minutes, 44 seconds of
ice time and was a minus-one in his first game since Oct. 22.
The Devils, who are kicking off a five-game road trip today, are 3-3-0 as the
visiting team this season. Washington is 6-1-0 on home ice after having its
perfect record in D.C. snapped in a 5-2 loss to Dallas on Tuesday.
11/12 10:37:19 ET