The Capitals ended the previous week with a loss to the league’s current number one team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have a chance to redeem themselves when Tampa comes to Washington on Wednesday.
First up though are the New Jersey Devils, a team that is well out of the bid for the playoffs. That doesn’t mean it will be an easy win for the Caps though. The Caps played the Devils earlier this month and walked away with a shutout 3-0 win. Way back in October, the Caps lost in a shutout 6-0 to the Devils which left fans stunned. The Devils lost in another shutout to the Colorado Avalanche Sunday and those back-to-back kind if losses could push them to play harder and faster in front of the home crowd.
Wednesday the Bolts hope to strike again as they cling to first place in the league. Tampa will play the Arizona Coyotes at home before hopping a plane to DC. The Yotes are playing a strong game and could take some steam out of the Lightning. However, one should not forget that they have Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes and that alone could be the Caps biggest challenge.
Friday, coach Bruce Boudreau won’t be any friend to his former team as the Minnesota Wild whirl into Capital One Arena. They will be coming down from New York after a well-played game against the Rangers. The sting of losing in overtime to the Islanders surely led to some spicy conversation with BB in the locker room and the Caps should be ready to face another surging opponent.
The Capitals are certainly capable of meeting the challenge. They are on home ice for two of the three games and will have the force of the Red flowing down from the stands. With only ten games until they wrap up the regular season, the Caps need to go all in to keep the division advantage.
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