Feb 8, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) moves the puck behind the net past Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils Look To Cling To Life vs. Washington Capitals


Apr 1, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a pad save on a shot by Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford (21) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils will play their biggest game of the season when they take on the Washington Capitals for the last time this season.

New Jersey leads the season series taking Game 1 in a 5-4 OT win on December 21st in Washington followed by a 2-1 win at the Prudential Center on January 24th. The Capitals struck back on February 8th with a 3-0 win at the Verizon Center.

The Devils are coming off their fifth straight game in which they ended the night with at least a point but shootout losses aren’t going to cut it anymore and the shootout will probably be the nail in the team’s coffin this season.

Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (21) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) look for the puck during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals are coming off of an embarrassing loss on Tuesday night to the Dallas Stars and are equally fading out of playoff contention. The Caps have only a point on the Devils with the same amount of games played but as both teams look up in the standings, the season is fading fast.

Cory Schneider (14-14-11) will get the start tonight for the Devils. Tomorrow’s goaltender is to be determined which hints that Schneider may get the nod if he plays well. Usually in back-to-backs, the goalies are determined going into the first game.

Ryane Clowe (head) and Bryce Salvador (groin) did not skate today while Stephen Gionta (lower body) skated for the second time since suffering his injury. There is a lot of questions on who will start tonight but Anton Volchenkov is confirmed to start.

Both teams received absolutely no help from the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins last night and the uphill battle just got steeper. The Devils sit 5 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and 4 behind the Toronto Maple Leafs but have 2 games in hand over the Leafs.

With Columbus only playing today and the Devils playing back-to-back, they could strike back within 1 point going into Sunday but if Columbus wins tonight, the playoffs are all but gone barring a miracle.

The game can be found on NBC Sports Network and on WCBS 880 AM.

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