PREVIEW: Capitals Take On Devils In Final Game Before Break.

The Capitals and Devils gear up to play their last game before the Olympic Break. The Devils and Capitals meet for the third time this season, the Devils have won the first two meetings. The Capitals look to change the tide this time around. Coming off a strong 4-2 win against Winnipeg, the Capitals look to climb up the standings. With a Philadelphia or a Detroit loss in regulation both the Capitals and Devils would be one standings point out of a playoff position with a win. 

The Devils are coming off a Friday 2-1 win against Edmonton in overtime. New Jersey finishes their back to back set in Washington against the Capitals Saturday night. The Devils are looking for their third win against their Metropolitan division rival. With two points on the line the Devils are looking for stellar play from goalie Cory Schinder. Schinder has posted .925 SV% and an impressive 1.91 GAA.

The Washington Capitals are looking for back to back wins before the Olympic Break. The Capitals could leap frog over the Devils in the standings with a regulation or overtime win. Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin scored his league leading 40th goal Thursday night. With Michael Neuvirth ill Braden Holtby will man the net. Holtby stopped 34 shots and posted a .964 SV% in a win against Winnipeg. This season Holtby hasn’t played his best. Holtby’s .899 SV% and 2.52 GAA% overall is a career worst.

TEAM STATS
GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G SA/G FO%
58 24-21-13 13-7-7 11-14-6 4-3-3 2.33 2.33 19.3 87.1 8.0 26.2 25.4 46.3
58 26-23-9 16-10-4 10-13-5 4-5-1 2.76 2.90 22.1 81.0 12.8 30.4 33.4 49.8

(Stats via; NHL.com)

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