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Saturday, January 17th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (13-26-5-1) at New Jersey Devils (21-11-10-1), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to escape their current lull today when they welcome the Washington Capitals to the Meadowlands.

On Thursday the Devils skated to a 3-3 tie with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Matthew Barnaby scored the tying goal late in the third period to help New York earn the point.

Erik Rasmussen, Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin scored for New Jersey, which has just two wins in its last nine games (2-5-2). Martin Brodeur made 30 saves in net for the Devils.

Brian Gionta had a chance to win it in the closing seconds for New Jersey, but Ranger goalie Mike Dunham stopped his shot from the top of the left circle.

The Devils again played without All-Star defenseman Scott Stevens, who has missed four straight games because of the flu and could miss a week to 10 days due to possible post-concussion syndrome that may have resulted from a hit earlier this month.

Jersey will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Washington, meanwhile, is 2-0-1 in its last three tries. On Wednesday, Jaromir Jagr scored with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Capitals to a 3-3 tie with the Calgary Flames at the MCI Center.

Trent Whitfield and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Caps, while Jeff Halpern added two assists. Olaf Kolzig stopped 41 shots as Washington had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Jagr has scored two goals in his last three games after a seven-match drought.

The Capitals will host Pittsburgh on Sunday.

New Jersey is 1-0-1 against Washington this season, after a 3-1 clip last campaign.

01/17 10:05:51 ET

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