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NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils Vs. Washington Capitals

Dave Miller – USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals hit the road tonight, taking on the New Jersey Devils. Washington (0-3) was dominated last night by the Montreal Canadiens, falling to the Habs by a 4-1 score. The Capitals’ penalty kill struggled again, as it has only killed of 61.1% of the opposition’s power plays through three games this season.

New Jersey (2-0) has gotten off to a hot start following the departure of superstar forward Zach Parise this offseason, as veteran goalie and future hall of famer Martin Brodeur has continued to provide a stable presence between the pipes for the Devils. Puck drop is set for 7 PM and will be televised locally on Comcast Sports Network. The game is also available via radio on 106.7 The Fan and the Capitals Radio Network.

Michal Neuvirth could get his second straight start in goal tonight, even though he allowed four goals past him last night. The young Capitals goalie has an all-time 4-1-2 record against New Jersey, along with an outstanding 1.96 goals against average and .930 save percentage.

Washington’s offense has been quiet this season, especially last night. Washington enters tonight only averaging two goals per contest, and the Capitals lone goal against the Canadiens last night came in the final few minutes of the third period.

The Capitals’ power play hasn’t been special either, with Washington holding a 16.7% success rate with the man advantage. Washington’s main scoring threats, including Alex Ovechkin, Mike Riberio and Nicklas Backstrom must step up.

Washington faces a tough challenge against a strong fore-checking team in the Devils, and are in desperate need of a win.

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