Out of the eight teams in the Metropolitan Division there was only one left for the Washington Capitals to face, the second to last place New Jersey Devils. However, this Devils team did not look like the same team that came in 4-12-5 road record this season, as well as only one win in their last 10 games. The Caps would have their seven-game winning streak against the Devils snapped tonight, losing 2-1 in a shootout. Washington drops its fourth game in their last five (1-2-2) and drop to 1-4 in shootouts this season.
Caps winger Daniel Winnik scored short-handed early in the third period for his 5th goal of the season and his first since December 7th against Boston. He was assisted by center Jay Beagle, who has assisted in two straight games and defensemen John Carlson, who has points in seven of his last 10 games. In a two-round shootout Caps forwards T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov were denied by the Devils Keith Kinkaid. Goalie Braden Holtby recorded 26 saves on the night but could not hold it together in the shootout.
New Jersey had some stepping up to do tonight as they played without wingers Taylor Hall and Vernon Fiddler who suffered lower body injuries in the Devils 5-2 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night. Devils winger P.A. Parenteau scored the first goal of the game for the sixth time this season unassisted a little over a minute into the second period, Parenteau’s goal was his fourth in his last six games. Shootout goals for the Devils were scored by forwards Michael Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson. Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid, starting in place of Corey Schneider who was getting the night off, had the game of his life tonight recording 43 saves and improving his record on the year to 4-3-2.
With this loss and the loss Tuesday night to the New York Islanders the Caps have now lost two in a row to the two worst teams in the Metropolitan Division. They will try to getting back on the winning trail with a rematch with the Devils on New Year’s Eve at 1:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).