WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals go for their seventh straight win when they host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena.
New Jersey (9-10-4) is streaking in the opposite direction having dropped three in a row (0-1-2).
The Capitals (14-7-3) could get boost Friday with the return of forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who missed the last six games with a concussion. Kuznetsov was Washington's leading scorer (nine goals, five assists in 18 games) at the time of his injury. He was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Forward T.J. Oshie, who got a concussion in the same game as Kuznetsov, has yet to resume skating. Alex Ovechkin missed Thursday's practice, gut the team said it was a maintenance day for an upper body injury and Reirden expects him to play.
The Capitals have outscored teams 24-13 during their winning streak. One reason is their improved penalty kill. After allowing at least on power play goal in 15 of their first 20 games, the Capitals have allowed none in their last four, killing off 13 straight penalties.
The Devils may have an addition to their lineup Friday night. The team called up Michael McLeod, their 2016 first-round draft pick. He began his pro career in the AHL in 2018-19 and would be making his NHL debut. McLeod had three goals and seven assists in 21 games with Binghamton this season.
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New Jersey has recalled F Michael McLeod from Binghamton (AHL). He joins the team for the trip to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/Qh3PJQKYhL
"He's a fast, tenacious player and adds size to our lineup. He's very competitive," Devils coach John Hynes told the Newark Star Ledger. "That's something we've talked about wanting more from our forward group, is guys that are harder to play against. He adds kind of both, the speed element and some more size. Hopefully he comes in and takes someone's job."
In addition, the Devils may get forward Marcus Johansson back against his former team. Johansson, who has three goals and five assists, missed the Devils' 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday due to a lower body injury. >> Read More
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