The Washington Capitals have a chance to regain their claim to Capital One Arena, less than a week after falling in embarrassing fashion to the Devils by facing them again. How can they accomplish this feat?
Thanks to this score belongs to the whole team effort, which was not present during the previous game at Capital One Arena against the Devils.
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While the Washington Capitals took care of a number of the improvements needed after the game against the Devils, they really can’t call the Capital One Arena avenged until they carry out this same kind of effort against the New Jersey Devils.
They will get this opportunity less than a week after their last encounter. The Devils are still holding down the bottom spot in the division, even after following up their win against the Caps with another impressive win against the Lightning.
After winning both in a back to back against top competition the Devils lost to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Surprisingly the loss was due largely by the bad play in net by Domingue, with him allowing five goals on 19 shots against, the same goalie who shut the door on the Capitals with little effort.
Considering the success Domingue had against the Capitals, look for them to have to figure out that puzzle against the Devils. The Capitals will need to come out with an answer for the speed the Devils have in spades. The scoring chances will need to be from more high danger areas than they were producing against the Devils team defense previously.
If Alex Ovechkin comes out and sets the tone the way he did against the Hurricanes, the whole team will follow his lead and come prepared to play hard. Samsonov, who has now won his last eight games started, gets another start and a chance to further prove his value as a potential starter of the future.
Here is how to keep up with round three between the Caps and Devils:
Date: Jan. 16th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Where: Capital One Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Washington
Radio: WJFK 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7
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