Capitals face Devils in game five, full preview
10-13 Capitals (2-1-1) at Devils (3-0-0)
7pm NBC Sports Washington
Last game for Washington: 3-2 loss vs Pittsburgh
Goals: Djoos, Ovechkin
Assists: Backstrom, Connolly, Djoos and Eller.
Last game for New Jersey: 6-3 win vs Toronto
Goals: Wood (2), Zacha (2), Coleman, Gibbons
Assists: Butcher (2), Henrique (2), Bratt, Johansson, Moore and Santini.
Keys to the Game
1. Stay out of the penalty box! The Capitals took to many dumb penalties against Pittsburgh, and all three goals were on the
power play. New Jersey is currently at 30.8% on the pp, and that is good for 4th overall in the NHL. One key asset has been new
defenseman, Will Butcher, who the Devils signed this summer, and has already scored three points on the power play. Also,
on the penalty kill, New Jersey has allowed only power play goal in 19 chances (94.7%), which could be a tough challenge for
guys like Backstrom, Ovechkin, Oshie and the rest of the power play units.
2. An old face in a new uniform. Marcus Johannson, who the Capitals traded to their division foes, in a cost cutting move, is off to a good start scoring two goals in his three games of the season. Johannson, is now on line with #1 overall pick, Nico Hischier and fellow Swede, Jesper Bratt, and they seem to have found chemistry together for the Devils.
3. The return of Tom Wilson? The forward is back after serving a four-game suspension for a boarding penalty in the final
preseason game. If he plays, Wilson needs to provide immediate help on offense, and most importantly stop taking stupid runs
at players, and going to the penalty box or once again getting suspended by the league.
Devils-Drew Stafford (lower body)
Travis Zajac (pectoral muscle)