Friday, March 24, 2023

NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils (41-16-6) at Washington Capitals (31-28-6)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS NOTES:

Last Game:
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 New Jersey Devils 3
(39-17-8 – 86 PTS) (41-16-6 – 88 PTS)
Three Stars: 1. E. Haula 2. O. Palat 3. A. Matthews
SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD OT SO FINAL
Toronto 0 1 3 – – 4
DEVILS 0 1 2 – – 3
Goals:
TOR: C. Jarnkrok, M. Marner (SHG), M. Bunting, A. Matthews (PPG)
NJD: E. Haula, O. Palat (PPG), E. Haula
Game Summary | Event Summary

INJURIES/ILLNESS
PLAYER INJURY OUT SINCE GAMES MISSED
Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 63
Mackenzie Blackwood I.R. Lower-body 2/21/23 7
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 174

DATE PLAYER ACTION
3/3/23 Kevin Bahl & Akira Schmid Loaned to & recalled from Utica
3/3/23 Graeme Clarke Reassigned to Utica

WHAT TO KNOW
New Jersey suffered a 4-3 loss on Tuesday vs Toronto at Prudential Center and opens a two-game road trip. The team travels to Montreal (7:00 P.M.) after Thursday’s contest. Sunday’s contest vs Arizona marked Lindy Ruff’s 200th career game as head coach with the New Jersey Devils since he was hired in 2020 (87-91-22). Ruff is one of five coaches in franchise history who reached the 200 marker for regular-season games:
Jacques Lemaire, 509 games, 276-166-57-10
John Hynes, 354 games, 150-159-0-45
Doug Carpenter, 290 games, 100-166-24-0
Peter DeBoer, 248 games, 114-93-0-41
Lindy Ruff, 200 games, 87-91-0-22

New Jersey enters Thursday’s contest 10 wins shy of tying the franchise record (51) for the most wins in a single season, which was earned in 2008-09.

OVERTIME/SHOOTOUT
The Devils own 10 overtime wins this season, which marks the most overtime wins in a single season for franchise history. The team earned nine overtime wins in a single season on three occasions:
2022-32: 10-3
2015-16: 9-2
2013-14: 9-5
2008-09: 9-2

The Devils are 1-3 in games decided in a shootout this season. The team’s lone shootout victory was earned on Jan. 16, in a 4-3 win at SJS.

VS CONFERENCE/DIVISION
The Devils are 21-4-4 vs the Western Conference this season. The franchise record for most wins vs the Western Conference was 18,
which was logged in 2000-01.
The Devils enter tonight’s contest with a 20-12-2 record vs the Eastern Conference and a 12-5-2 record vs the Metropolitan Division

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Overall: 10-5-1
First game: 4-3-1 | home: 0-1-0 | road: 4-2-1
Second game: 6-2-0 | home: 2-2-0 | road: 4-0-0

VS WASHINGTON
The Devils and Washington face-off for the third of four matchups this season, while Jersey’s team visits the Nation’s Capital for the first
time this season.
Oct. 24: 6-3, L, at Pru
Nov. 26: 5-1, W, at Pru
Mar. 9: at WSH
Apr. 13: at WSH – NJD regular-season finale

DYK…The last time that Devils clinched a playoff berth was in 2017-18, when the team also concluded its regular season at Washington (5-3, L). The last time that the Devils won a season series vs Washington was in 2013-14 (3-0-1).

ALL-TIME vs WSH
Record: 94-118-13-6
Home: 55-49-7-4
Road: 39-69-6-2

DID YOU KNOW…
The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs the Capitals was in an 8-1 win vs Washington on Oct. 28, 1977 (COL). The most goals that the Devils allowed in a single game vs the Caps is nine, four times, with the last being on Jan. 16, 1990, in a 9-6 loss at Washington. The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs the Capitals is 47, after a 6-5 win on Jan. 20, 1989, at Washington. The most shots that the Devils/Rockies allowed in a single game vs Washington is 51, on Nov. 18, 1981, at Washington, in a 7-1 defeat.
The last time the Devils shut out the Caps was Oct. 11, 2018, in a 6-0 win at the Rock. The last time Washington shut out the Devils was Mar. 26, 2021, in a 4-0 loss at Washington.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE .
Sat. Mar. 11, at MTL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sun. Mar. 12, vs CAR, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tue. Mar. 14, vs TBL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Thu. Mar. 16, vs TBL, 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Mar. 18, at FLA, 5:00 P.M.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:
LAST GAME
Washington 2, Los Angeles Kings 4
March 6, 2023 * Crypto.com Arena * Los Angeles, CA
Shots: WSH: 22; LAK: 41
Power Plays: WSH: 1/5; LAK: 0/5
Three Stars: 1. Arvidsson (LAK), 2. Danault (LAK), 3. Doughty (LAK)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Hershey, 3/8
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas and defenseman Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hershey, 3/5
Loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to AHL Hershey, 3/3
Re-signed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a one-year contract extension, 3/3
Recalled defensemen Vincent Iorio and Gabriel Carlsson from AHL Hershey and loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hershey, 3/3
Signed forward Ethen Frank to a one-year, two-way contract, 3/2
Acquired a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Lars Eller, 3/1
Signed forward Ryan Hofer to a three-year entry level contract, 3/1

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-3/6/23 (65 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-3/6/23 (61 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-3/6/23 (35 games)
Martin Fehervary: 12/5/22-12/29/22, 3/4/23-3/6/23 (14 games)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Nick Jensen: 3/4/23-3/6/23 (2 games)
Marcus Johansson: 2/25/23-2/26/23 (2 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/26/23-2/16/23 (49 games)
Nicklas Backstrom: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/24/22 (43 games)
Alex Ovechkin: 12/21/22 (1 game)
Dmitry Orlov: 11/7/22-12/9/22 (16 games)
Erik Gustafsson: 12/11/22 (1 game)
Lars Eller: 12/13/22 (1 game)
Sonny Milano: 12/15/22 (1 game)
Darcy Kuemper: 12/5/22-12/17/22 (7 games)
Hunter Shepard: 12/17/22 (1 game)
Alex Alexeyev: 12/11/22-12/19/22 (5 games)
Beck Malenstyn: 11/3/22-12/27/22 (26 games)
T.J. Oshie: 10/31/22-11/19/22, 12/19/22-12/31/22 (17 games)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/18/23 (13 games)
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23, 2/23/23-2/26/23 (4 games)
Man Games Lost: 364

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 11, 7:30 p.m. ET at New York Islanders (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 14, 7 p.m. ET at New York Rangers (ESPN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 15, 7 p.m. ET vs. Buffalo (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 17, 7 p.m. ET vs. St. Louis (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 19, 2 p.m. ET at Minnesota (NBCSW, NHLN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at Capital One Arena for the third of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington (1-1-0) and New Jersey (1-1-0) have split the season series to date, with the Capitals defeating the Devils 6-3 in Newark on Oct. 24 and the Devils topping the Capitals 5-1 on Nov. 26. The Capitals and Devils will complete their season series in the season finale on April 13 at Capital One Arena. Washington is 124-78-13-16 all-time vs. New Jersey and 26-4-3 (.833 points percentage) in their last 33 games against the Devils dating back to the 2015-16 season. In addition, the Capitals have earned at least one point in seven-straight home games versus the Devils (6-0-1).

HOME vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
71-30-6-9 430 311 1 WSH win (3/26/23)

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS ALL-TIME (Career Totals)
Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (70) Ovechkin (38) Backstrom (40) Ovechkin (77)
Backstrom (59) Backstrom (18) Ovechkin (39) Backstrom (58)
Carlson (52) Kuznetsov (10) Carlson (32) Carlson (41)

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