New Jersey Devils Game 65 Preview: at Washington Capitals

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 23: Jonas Siegenthaler #71 of the New Jersey Devils skates after a puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 23, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals meet for the final time this season.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 23-36-5 (51 points, 8th in Metro)

The Opponent: Washington Capitals (36-20-10) – FHN Site: One Timer

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Capital One Arena

Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (7-7-0) vs. Vitek Vanecek (16-9-5)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, NBCSWA

Washington Capitals

The Capitals come into tonight’s game having won seven of their last 10 games including their most recent game against the Buffalo Sabres. In that game, Alexander Ovechkin potted his 41st goal of the season and the shootout winner to take the game 4-3.

Vitek Vanecek will be in net tonight for Washington. The 26-year-old has split time this season with Ilya Samsonov and comes into tonight’s game with 16-9-5 record on the year to go with his 2.43 GAA and .917 save percentage.

The Devils will see a familiar face in Marcus Johansson who will be appearing in his third game for Washington since being acquired from the Seattle Kraken at the trade deadline. The 31-year-old spent two seasons with New Jersey and is on his sixth team since 2018-19.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey’s last game was a tough loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs that saw them allow two short-handed goals. The failure of the team’s power play was the deciding factor as they dropped the game 3-2. Goaltender Nico Daws made 28 saves in the loss.

With Jon Gillies or Andrew Hammond starting tomorrow against the Montréal Canadiens, Daws is expected to be in net tonight. The 21-year-old goaltender started in Toronto after a solid performance against the New York Rangers the night before. Daws has a 7-7-0 record this season with a 3.07 GAA and .901 save percentage.

Whether or not Miles Wood will be in the lineup tonight in Washington is still unclear. The 26-year-old has yet to play this year after undergoing hip surgery earlier in the season. According to Amanda Stein, head coach Lindy Ruff says forward is close to returning.

Player to Watch: Jonas Siegenthaler

Last season, Washington traded Siegenthaler to New Jersey at the trade deadline as the defenseman struggled to find a consistent spot in the team’s lineup . In New Jersey, he has become a vital piece of the team’s backend and has been especially important on the team’s penalty kill.

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While the 24-year-old does not find the scoresheet often, his importance cannot be underestimated. Expect Siegenthaler to log some heavy minutes against the Ovechkin line and play with some added motivation against his former team.

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