Washington Capitals at NJ Devils: Start Time, TV Info, More

 

For the final time this season, the Washington Capitals are set to travel to New Jersey to face off with the Devils as the visitors look to flip the switch as their attention turns to the playoffs.

In three previous meetings during the 2015-16 season, the Capitals are 3-0 against the Devils, but for the most part they have been tightly contested games. The Caps took the season opener at home by a score of 5-3, and then didn’t face the Devils again until early February in New Jersey in a 3-2 shootout victory.

The most recent affair came just over one month ago on February 20, a 4-3 comeback victory by the Washington Capitals on home ice.

Since then, the teams have trended in opposite directions in the standings. New Jersey, once in possession of an Eastern Conference wild card spot, have fallen off in a big way and now have essentially no hope of making the playoffs. As a division rival, however, they will look to give the Caps a run for their money and spoil at least one evening for the league leaders.

The Washington Capitals could see a return to the lineup in the form of defenseman John Carlson, but at the same time will be without forward T.J. Oshie who is sick with the flu.

This matchup provides several Caps with an opportunity to get back on the right track, including team captain Alex Ovechkin. He has two goals and two assists in the three games against New Jersey this season, so perhaps this year’s history repeats itself and Ovi can break out of his slump.

The Devils also appear to bring out the inner sniper in Brooks Orpik, who has two goals and an assist in the two games that he has been a part of against the Devils this season.

The Devils, who are already missing two of their top players in Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias, will be playing their second game in as many nights after they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Cory Schneider, who is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, has already been ruled out for Friday night as well. It will be a depleted Devils team, but not one the Capitals should take lightly.

With Oshie out and Carlson in, here are the potential lines for #CapsDevils.

8-19-14
90-92-65
25-83-43
49-10-26

27-2
44-9
88-74

70
31

Puck drop will be at 7:00 p.m. from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The game will be on CSN-DC.