New Jersey Devils (21-19-11) vs Washington Capitals (22-20-8) – Game 2 of 4 – New Jersey Leads 1-0 – January 24, 2014
Devils TV – MSG+
Caps TV – CSNB
The Devils and Capitals will meet for the second time this season and the first time at the Prudential Center.
The Capitals are fading fast while the Devils are doing their best to stay on pace with the rest of the wild card teams.
The Devils are coming off of a huge 7-1 win over the St. Louis Blues that saw practically everyone on the roster playing very well and contributing in their own way. Cory Schneider topped it off with his 8th win of the season where he wasn’t greatly tested and never really had any pressure on him, but still recorded the impressive win nonetheless.
In fact, he has earned another start tonight marking his 7th for the month.
Joe Whitney will make his NHL debut tonight in front of the home crowd. Whitney’s much-anticipated debut will be on the 1st line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac. The Devils have been far better this season at home with a 11-6-6 record. They are 4-3-3 in their last 10 and are 9-6-3 against the Metropolitan Division.
They even hold a fairly decent Eastern Conference record that stands at 16-10-6.
Unfortunately, the Devils still find themselves dangling outside of playoff contention. The Devils are 13th in the NHL in goal differential (-2) which can be viewed as a handicapped stat due to their +6 from last game. However, it is the best differential for any team that is outside playoff contention and is even better than a few in playoff contention.
They stand in a tie for 5th place in the wild card with the Carolina Hurricanes at 53 points with the Philadelphia Flyers holding the last wild card spot at 56 points. The Canes have off after their game was postponed to adjust the schedule after they had their game against the Flyers postponed earlier in the week.
In the division, the Devils are also in a tie for 5th with the Canes. The Columbus Blue Jackets own the third-place spot due to tiebreakers over the Flyers. The Blue Jackets have now won 8 straight games.
Washington is in danger of losing their 5th straight game tonight.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and NHL.com.