Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s meeting with the Capitals at Prudential Center!
1. The Devils continue their four-game homestand tonight (1-1-0). Seven of their next 10 games will be played at Prudential Center. New Jersey has played just 13 home games thus far, fewest in the NHL (tie, Florida & Vancouver).
2. Patrik Elias scored the game-determining goal in the shootout and notched the 397th goal/996th point of his career in last night’s win over Tampa Bay. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark and the 82nd to compile 1,000 points.
3. Cory Schneider, who gets the call tonight, has started all three games against the Caps this season (1-2-0, 1 ShO, 2.97 GAA, .905 sv%). He was relieved by Scott Clemmensen (16:35, 1 GA, 7 SA) in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 16.
4. The Devils went 1/3 on the power play last night vs. the Lightning and are 7/22 (31.8%) on the man-advantage over the last nine games. They’ve converted 22/99 (22.2%) PP attempts overall this season, which ranks seventh in the NHL. The PK went 5/5 last night and is 22/24 (91.7%) over the last seven games.
5. Tonight’s contest is the fourth of five meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals and the second of two to be played at Prudential Center.
6. The Devils are 13-9-0 vs. the Capitals since the start of the 2009-10 season & are 44-33-4 in the previous 81 games played in New Jersey.