The Washington Capitals finish the back to back at home against Metropolitan division rivals the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are the last Metropolitan team that the Capitals have faced. Friday the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 to improve to 19-13-3, for second in the division. New Jersey also played on Friday, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks making their record 14-15-7, good for 5th in the division.
In Capitals coach, Adam Oates, postgame interview when asked about getting the two points in overtime he said “It obviously helps. We just watched New Jersey play in overtime [on Friday against Anaheim]. Every little minute helps. We were short a man there and a lot of guys played minutes. Every second counts. The fatigue factor is obviously very important.”
The Capitals may be without winger Marcus Johansson who suffered a lower body injury in the second period of last game :(. I will try to hold back to tears if he isn’t on the ice tonight. The Swede has a career high five game point streak. Mojo has been named a game time decision per Adam Vingan. They will also still be without Michael Latta, and Brookes Laich, however all three players were on the ice for the Capitals morning skate.
Since both teams played last night we are likely to see a different starting goalie for each team. Philipp Grubauer played last night for the Capitals, and he was also the only goalie not on the ice for the morning skate.
I expect to see Grubauer again tonight between the pipes, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Braden Holtby. For the Devils, Corey Schneider got the overtime loss for New Jersey last night so Martin Broduer is expected to get the start.
Broduer is 39-17 career with a 2.29 GAA against Washington. Holtby is 1-2 career with a 3.03 GAA against New Jersey. Grubauer has never faced the Devils in his career.
*Update* Braden Holtby will get the nod tonight, Mojo is expected to play.
Fun Fact: The coffee I drank while writing this is from Gavle Sweden, Nick Backstrom’s hometown