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Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils (W 1-0)

March 2 2017 at 6:51 PM

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Preview: Devils at Capitals
Kevin Shattenkirk plays first home game for Washington; Devils try to end four-game slide
by Katie Brown / Correspondent
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7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, MSG+, NHL.TV

Devils team scope

Center Kevin Rooney will make his NHL debut for the New Jersey Devils. Rooney was recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Defenseman Dalton Prout, acquired in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Kyle Quincey on Wednesday, won't dress. Coach John Hynes said Prout will be eased into the lineup slowly because he hasn't played in three weeks. "It's always difficult when you see players leave, especially at the trade deadline, because you spent significant amount of time with those guys," Hynes said. "We feel like the guys on our team right now have lots of attributes that we want. They play hard, they're fast, they have some pretty good puck skills, so we're excited about the group we have right now." The Devils are seven points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and have lost four in a row, but theyare 6-1-0 in their past seven road games.

Capitals team scope

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is looking forward to making his Verizon Center debut for the Washington Capitals, who will be trying to win their franchise-record 14th consecutive home game. Shattenkirk was acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Blues on Monday and played in a 4-1 road win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. "It's always a pretty raucous environment, so I'm looking forward to that," Shattenkirk said. "I think there's a great fan base here and they make it very hard to win in this building. I'm happy to be on the other side of things and be on the team that plays very well in this building." Forward T.J. Oshie will miss his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Brooks Orpik will return after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Tom Wilson will take Oshie's place on the top line with captain Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom for a second consecutive game. Washington leads Columbus and the Pittsburgh Penguins by seven points for first place in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. Washington is 9-2-1 in its past 12 games and 22-4-2 in its past 28. Goaltender Braden Holtby will start; he's 11-0-1 with one shutout in his past 12 starts.

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Miles Wood -- Adam Henrique -- Beau Bennett

Michael Cammalleri -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Joseph Blandisi -- Kevin Rooney -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy

Jon Merrill -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout

Injured: Pavel Zacha (concussion), Jacob Josefson (upper body)

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Jakub Vrana

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Paul Carey

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (hand), T.J. Oshie (upper body)

Status report

Zacha participated in the morning skate but won't play. Josefson is listed as day to day after leaving New Jersey's 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the third period. … Burakovsky will be evaluated Thursday.

Who's hot

Zajac has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak, Palmieri has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Backstrom has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games, Johansson has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 10 games, Kuznetsov has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 14 games.

8 of the next 12 at home, time to pull away from the field...

we shall see.

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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 7:12 PM 


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 7:24 PM 

Almost 5:00 gone 1st, JB says "a sleepy start" and, so far, he's correct...

yes a sleepy start. Caps offside to a TV timeout. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 7:30 PM 

Caps to the PP at exactly 10:00 left 1st...

11:30 in, SOGs are 3-2 Caps zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... killed... 7:37 left TV timeout.


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 7:47 PM 

5:20 left 1zzzzzzzzzzt... 4:28, TV break...

Holtby was 3rd NHL star for Feb- 8-0-1, 1.88... icing Devils at 2:33... Devils a great zone shift because Johansson has no stick, and finally at 0:47.8 Orpik to the box...

0-0, end 1st. 1:13 of PK left to start the 2nd.


SOGs 7-4 Caps
Hits 13-3 Caps
Blocks 7-4 Caps
Faceoffs 62% Devils
Takes 5-4 Caps

all Caps except no goals. Just a bad period says Alan May.

I agree.


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 8:28 PM 

Wilson a great SG chance only :35 in... killed, no SOGs...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.. 14:34 left 2nd, Caps to the PP again (SOGs to this point are 8-5 for the game)...

finally almost a shot, Kuz gets outside of the post... Ovie a SOG, Schneider smothers it with :05 left PP... killed...

only improvement this period is Caps are 7-1 on faceoffs... TV timeout, the feed didn't go away...

Holtby with 2-3 real good saves at the end of play there... Forsythe says "don't get frustrated, get more shots on net"...

another TV timeout with 5:42 left 2nd.


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 8:40 PM 

Nothing going on, right at 2:00 left a fight- Brandisi and Orlov, no harm either way...

Ovecnkin boes down, no call, Wilson takes out Cammelieri, to the box- PK time 1:13 left 2nd...

0-0 end 2nd, :47 left to PK, Holtby with 9 saves tonight.



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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 8:58 PM 

Stats after 2-

SOGs 14-9 Caps
Hits 20-8 Caps
Blocks 15-9 Caps
Faceoffs 55% Caps (much better period)
Takes 11-6 Caps...

3rd on. killing :47...

Sherwood30 (at Bumper's) wrote:
It must be Soccer Night in the NHL games today, because the scores sure look like it!

So I checked-

NJD-Was 0-0


FlA-PHI 1-0






all in progress.


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 9:11 PM 

Killed, but not without excitement as Holtby, behind his net, runs over ther referee and NJ almost scores on the EN (Carlson the clear)...

14:09 left reg, Caps to the PP on a nice shift...

Vrana! Great pass to him!

1-0 Caps


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Re: Game 63 vs. New Jersey Devils

March 2 2017, 9:37 PM 

Caps on a delayed PP, Cammaleri goe hard into the boards, play stops and he's off and to the room (and I thought I saw an arm raised late, so it may be 4 on 4 instead)... no, it's a PP...

SOGs 18-12 now... killed, 6:53 left reg... now Connolly to the box... 4:00, slash and unsportsmanlike... first NJ SOG, Wilson breaks his stick on the block, but it goes out of play a few secs later...

Holtby cover at 3:24 PK... 2:26 left PK... Cammalleri on the PP, but off and to the room again... 1:20 left PK... :29 left PK after Holtby gets run over, no call...

all killed, 2:35 left reg... 1:56, NJ offside... 1:26 EN, but the Caps get another PP at 1:21...

EN... :10.5, Holtby cover... NJ timeout...

1-0 final!

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