Devils Return to the Rock to Face Capitals

March 19, 2019 - Devils Army Blog - View Full Article

Preview

The New Jersey Devils return home after a six-game road trip, which started in Washington with a 3-0 loss to the Capitals, their opponent for tonight’s game. New Jersey went 2-4 on their road trip, while the Capitals are in the midst of a four-game road trip of their own. Washington is coming off a loss to the league’s best team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Saturday.

What to Watch

The Capitals have a dangerous top two lines, including Alexander Ovechkin, who is leading the NHL with 48 goals at the age of 33. Complimenting him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 63 points in 63 games played, and Tom Wilson, the controversial power forward who’s not afraid to play the body. This is potentially the most frightening forward line in the NHL, with Ovechkin being 6’3 235 lbs, Wilson at 6’4 218 lbs, and Kuznetsov at just 6’2 204 lbs. Washington has a great second line as well comprised of Jakub Vrana, Niklas Backstrom, and T.J. Oshie. On defense, John Carlson is the rock, with 64 points and a +/- of 18. They also have solid players like Michal Kempny, Matt Niskanen, and a Dmitry Orlov on the blue line.

Unfortunately, the Devils will have to combat this lineup with a far inferior one. Hopefully, the workhorse Blake Coleman plays top line minutes because the Devils will need to do serious defensive work against the Caps’ powerhouse top line. The last time the Devils played this type of loaded top line was against St. Louis on Feb. 12th. In that game, the Devils first line of Marcus Johansson, Travis Zajac, and Kyle Palmieri all went -3, and New Jersey lost 8-3. It’s also imperative that fourth-line players like Drew Stafford and Kurtis Gabriel don’t take penalties, so we don’t have to watch Ovechkin destroy one-timers on the powerplay. Finally, New Jersey’s experienced defenseman like Andy Greene and Damon Severson will have to keep up with the Caps’ offense if they want to win.

Projected Lines

New Jersey Devils

Coleman-Zajac-Noesen

Agostino-Rooney-Palmieri

Stafford-Pietila-Anderson

Tangradi-McLeod-Lappin

Greene-Severson

Butcher-Carrick

White-Santini

Goalie: Blackwood

Washington Capitals

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson

Vrana-Backstrom-Oshie

Hagelin-Eller-Connolly

Burakovsky-Stephenson-Boyd

Kempny-Carlson

Orlov-Niskanen

Orpik-Jensen

Goalie: Holtby

When and Where to Watch

7:30PM EST; NBCSN

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RECAP: Devils Shutout in Final Game of Western Road Trip

March 18, 2019 - Devils Army Blog - View Full Article
Devils were shutout 3-0 by the Avalanche Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Game Summary

The New Jersey Devils were shutout for the fifth time this season thanks to a 3-0 loss in Colorado. The Devils will now return home after posting a 2-4-0 record on a six-game road trip. 

The first period doomed the Devils. Tyson Barrie tallied both of the Avalanche’s goals each from peculiar plays.  The first was a broken play where he ripped one under the crossbar, and the second was an own goal by Travis Zajac. Unfortunately, the Devils were unable to mount any serious pressure in the next two periods. Nathan McKinnon iced the game with an empty net goal with just under two minutes to go.

Goaltender Philippe Grubauer earned a well-deserved 22 save shutout win for the Avalanche. Cory Schneider was on the losing end with a 31 save performance. Overall, a great showing for each netminder. 

Courtesy of Naturalstattrick.com

Game Notes

Next Devils Game: March 19th vs. Washington  

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