The Washington Capitals start their week with a game at the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils. The Caps held practice at MedStar Caps Iceplex before boarding a plane to Newark, NJ.
Per Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Capitals lines for Tuesday are expected to remain unchanged from their last game against the Lightning:
Pheonix Copley is expected to get the start as goaltender.
The Capitals are looking to reignite a win streak as they wrap up the regular season. Expect to see everyone playing their best hockey, shooting often and blocking shots to ensure a win as they strive to clinch first place in the Metropolitan while the Islanders and Pens keep pushing for the same outcome.
All eyes will be on Alex Ovechkin to see if he can, yet again, score 50 goals in a season.
The Devils are not likely to make any line changes either:
Cory Schneider will likely get the start for the Devils. Schneider has struggled over the past few seasons, New Jersey is currently in recovery mode after back-to-back shutout losses, first to the Caps and then to former Caps’ goalie Philipp Grubauer in Colorado. Additionally, they are still struggling with injuries up and down their roster. The Devils will be playing their first home game in seven. Despite having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Devils have the 4th best penalty kill in the league, currently running at 83.9%. (TheScore) Top players to watch include Kyle Palmieri (27G, 23A) and Nico Hischier (17G, 27A). Keep an eye on old friend Connor Carrick. His play has been hard and fast against the Capitals.
Puck drop is 7:30 pm and can be seen on NBCSN and NBC Sports Washington.
TheScore. (2019). New Jersey Devils Stats. Retrieved from https://www.nhl.com/devils/stats.