Riding a five-game winning streak, the Washington Capitals are heating up at the right time; the Metro race is getting tighter, as is the fight for a playoff spot. And for the Caps, it's critical that they continue to surge down the stretch.
The Caps have been getting offense from all four lines, most importantly Alex Ovechkin, who continues to dominate and grow his league-lead in goals. In addition, new additions Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen are heating up, and the chemistry seems to be working down the lineup. They'll be expected to keep it up against a struggling and ailing Devils team that has dropped four straight.
With a win, Washington can keep hold of their lead in the Metro. Here's what you need to know heading into tomorrow's game. The puck drops Friday at 7 p.m.
DEVILS AT CAPITALS: HOW TO WATCH
What: New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals, Game 68 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Friday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Devils at Capitals game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (Channel Link)
Live Stream: You can live stream Devils at Capitals on NBC Sports Washington’s live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM
DEVILS AT CAPITALS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Devils at Capitals (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Capitals Overtime Live
DEVILS AT CAPITALS INJURY REPORT
Devils: Taylor Hall (upper-body, IR), Nico Hischier (upper-body, day-to-day), Miles Wood (undisclosed, day-to-day), Jesper Bratt (undisclosed, day-to-day), Sami Vatanen (illness, day-to-day), Kyle Palmieri (lower-body, questionable), John Quenneville (upper-body, questionable).
DEVILS AT CAPITALS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Andre Burakovsky, F, Capitals (10 G, 12 A, 22 P)
Since the trade deadline, the Swedish winger has been finding his game and building his confidence and consistency. Burakovsky's been heating up lately, with points in four of his last five and six of his last eight. He also has a goal in two consecutive games, and has been clicking on that fourth line with Nic Dowd and Travis Boyd. It's key that he continues to gain momentum heading into the homestretch, and it seems that he's gotten the message.
Travis Zajac, F, Devils (15 G, 23 A, 38 P)
With Kyle Palmieri, Hall and Hischier all possibly sitting out tomorrow with ailments, Zajac is officially the Devils' healthy leading scorer with 38 points on the year. He has a point in two of his last three, and as the Devils struggle with injuries to their top performers and three top scorers, he'll be expected to step up and fill that void, especially against a Capitals team that's had no trouble scoring in recent games.
DEVILS AT CAPITALS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time meetings: 225 (13 playoffs)
All-time series record: Capitals lead 67-42-6
Regular season record: Capitals lead 60-36-6
Last meeting: Caps win 3-6 (Nov. 30)
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