New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals - 7:00 pm EST
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: MSG+ Radio: WCBS 880-AM
Goaltender: Cory Schneider
Some thoughts on tonight's game:
- 1. No Ovi. That's right...no Alex Ovechkin tonight for the Capitals. With the season starting to grind down, every game feels like a must-win for NJ. With the news that No. 8 will be missing the game, it becomes even more imperative that the Devils walk away with two points tonight. After his 35 goals, the scoring drops off big time with Joel Ward leading the way with 13 tallies. Yes, the Caps are still a solid squad without Ovi, but the Devils absolutely need to get this game.
3. Beware Neuvirth. Michal Neuvirth is 4-1-3 with 1 ShO, a 2.06 GAA & .927 save % in 8 games against New Jersey all-time. Sometimes goaltenders that the Devils only see every once and a while are the trickiest ones to solve.
Prediction - Devils 2 Caps 1
It certainly feels like the Devils have some good vibes going for them. They've played really well for a long time now. With a top player out for the opposition, I'd normally have the gut feeling that they would overlook their opponent and turn in a disappointing performance. Not tonight. I think the Devils keep do what they've been doing...finding some goals here and there, while limiting their opponents chances to the outside.
Enjoy the game, everyone!