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DEVILS (3-0-0) CAPITALS (1-0-2)

 

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TV: MSG PLUS 2, CSN-DC

Season series: The New Jersey Devils won three of the four games between the teams last season. The Washington Capitals used three different goalies, but Cory Schneider started three times against them and allowed five goals. Schneider and Washington's Braden Holtby each had shutouts in the series.

Devils team scope: New Jersey will have the chance to join either the San Jose Sharks or NEW YORKarrow-10x10.png Islanders (who play each other) as the only teams in the NHL to start the season 4-0-0. The Devils had their offensive struggles last season, but New Jersey racked up 11 goals in the first two games before showing the ability to still play a tight-checking, defensive style to slow down the high-powered offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Devils are leaning on a trio of young defensemen, including rookie Damon Severson and sophomore Jon Merrill, but New Jersey is sixth in the League in goals against per game. Schneider has started all three games and looks the part of an elite goaltender in what should be the first season of his career as the unquestioned No. 1.

Capitals team scope: Washington looked very good in a 4-0 WINarrow-10x10.png against the Boston Bruins, and pretty good in a season-opening shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The third game, a 6-5 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, was a bit of a mess. The Capitals can still score in bunches, and Alex Ovechkin has four goals in three games. The new-look defense corps has been a mixed bag, with Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner quickly forming a productive partnership. John Carlson and Brooks Orpik have struggled at times, particularly against San Jose, but have also drawn the bulk of the toughest assignments. Those four have freed up Mike Green to play on the third pair and his offensive impact has been significant with two goals and an assist in two games played.

 

Practice Lines :

NJD                                                                                       WSH 

Camm - Zajac - Jagr                                                              Ovechkin - Backstrom - Brouwer

Havlat - Elias- Zubs                                                                Johansson - Burakovsky - Laich

Clowe - Henrique - Ryder                                                       Chimera - Fehr - Ward

Ruutu - Gionta - Tootoo       EX: Brunner, Yayo                     Brown - Kuznetsov - O'brien     

 

Greene - Severson                                                                 Orpik - Carlson

Sal - Zid                                                                                  Alzner - Niskanen

Gelly - Merril                        EX: Larsson                                Schmidt - Green                    

 

Schneider (Starter) - Clemmer                                                 Holtby (Starter) - Peters

 

GO DEVILS!!!!   :gd:  :gd:  :gd: 

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