DEVILS VS. CAPITALS
Tonight is the fourth and final game between the Devils and Capitals in 2016-17. New Jersey is 1-2-0 against Washington this season, with their sole win coming from a 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 29 at Verizon Center. The Devils fell in both of their games at Prudential Center, 2-6, on Dec. 31 and 2-5 on Jan. 26.
The Devils are 8-6-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 15-16-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 6-5-1 at Verizon Center since the 2011-12 season.
Starting tonight, New Jersey will play eight of 15 games on the road in March. The Devils are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games away from Prudential Center.
Travis Zajac and Washington's Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were teammates at the University of North Dakota in 2005-06..Capitals' defenseman John Carlson played for the NJ Rockets (ATJHL) for two seasons from 2005-07...Kevin Shattenkirk is from New Rochelle, NY and played with the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Association...New Jersey's Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played under Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons...Washington's Associate Coach Todd Reirden was New Jersey's 14th choice (12th round) and the 242nd overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft...Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant under Reirden with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10 and succeeded him as Head Coach of the Penguins the following season.