Thanks in large part to their play on home ice, the Washington Capitals are near the top of the Metropolitan Division.
The only team that's standing in their way is the New Jersey Devils, who will have ample opportunity coming up to recapture their early-season success on the road as they look to extend a slim lead.
In a matchup of two surging teams, Washington welcomes New Jersey to Capital One Arena on Saturday night.
Washington (23-13-3), which trails the division-leading Devils by only one point, has won seven straight -- and 14 of 16 -- at home. Meanwhile, New Jersey (22-9-6) kicks off a four-game road trip trying to earn at least a point in its ninth straight game.
The Capitals are 7-0-1 in their last eight games versus the Devils after Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists and T.J. Oshie recorded two goals in a 5-2 victory on Oct. 12 in Newark. << Read more
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