National Hockey League
Preview
Washington at New Jersey
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey


The Washington Capitals attempt to extend their point streak to eight games as they conclude their three-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Washington improved to 5-0-2 since beginning the month with a one-goal loss to Vancouver by posting a 5-4 overtime triumph at Columbus on Thursday. Troy Brouwer scored the tying goal with three minutes remaining in the third period and Eric Fehr tallied 42 seconds into the extra session as the Capitals raised their record to 7-1-2 against Metropolitan Division rivals.

They face another in New Jersey, which snapped its five-game slide (0-3-2) Friday with a 3-2 shootout victory over Tampa Bay. The Devils watched a two-goal lead disappear before Patrik Elias netted the lone tally in the third round of the bonus format. New Jersey evened its record at 1-1-0 during its four-game homestand, which concludes Tuesday against Carolina.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN DC (Washington), MSG Plus (New Jersey)

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (15-10-6): The point streak is Washington's longest since posting eight consecutive victories from April 2-16, 2013. The club has earned at least one point in 14 of its last 19 contests (11-5-3). Saturday's contest begins a stretch for the Capitals during which they play three games in four nights.

ABOUT THE DEVILS (12-16-6): Elias scored his fourth goal of the season and second in three games. The 38-year-old Czech moved within four points of 1,000 for his career and is one assist shy of 600. Cory Schneider, who has lost three straight, is expected to make his league-leading 31st start Saturday.

OVERTIME

1. Washington won two of its first three meetings with the Devils this season, including a 4-1 triumph at New Jersey on Dec. 6.

2. The Devils have scored three goals or fewer in each of their last eight games, going 2-4-2 in that span.

3. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 14 goals but has scored only two over his last nine games, with both coming on Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay.

PREDICTION: Capitals 4, Devils 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 15-10-3-3 W1 6-5-2-2 9-5-1-1 1-0-0-0 14-10-3-3 7-1-2-0
New Jersey 12-16-1-5 W1 4-5-1-3 8-11-0-2 0-0-0-0 12-16-1-5 4-6-1-1
Last Meeting
Washington New Jersey
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/6/14 WAS 4 NJ 1 29 33 1-2 34 25 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Washington B. Laich 2
New Jersey P. Elias 1
Goals Player  
Washington K. Alzner 1
New Jersey P. Elias 1
Assists Player  
Washington J. Ward 2
New Jersey A. Greene 1
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 33
New Jersey C. Schneider 25
Season
Total Points Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 34
New Jersey A. Henrique 22
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 17
New Jersey M. Cammalleri 12
Assists Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 26
New Jersey J. Jagr 15
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 716
New Jersey C. Schneider 868
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Off vs  New Jersey Def
2.9 GF
2.74 GA
30.5 Shots
30.8 Shots
23 PP
28 PK
New Jersey Off vs  Washington Def
2.21 GF
2.65 GA
26.2 Shots
27.8 Shots
22 PP
22 PK