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 Johannsonwho 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)


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