1. This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs, first since a 5-3 Washington victory on Oct. 10. The Devils are looking to improve to 4-0-0 in matinee games this season.
2. Coach John Hynes' squad is 5-1-1 over its last seven games and has allowed just 12 goals during that stretch. They've won a season-high (tie, Oct. 31-Nov.8) three straight games at Prudential Center and are looking to win four consecutive home games for the first time since Feb. 17-23, 2015.
3. New Jersey is looking to snap a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) vs. Washington. The Devils have lost two straight to the Capitals at Prudential Center, but are 9-6-0 vs. Washington at The Rock, all-time.
4. Today's starter Cory Schneider has a 2.21 GAA, .918 save percentage and one shutout in eight career decisions against the Caps. He has allowed two goals or less in 28 of his last 36 starts since Oct. 29.
5. Washington, which leads the NHL with 76 points, is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games. The Caps' No. 1 power-play unit (38/152, 25.0%) is 0/12 over its' last three games. Their PK ranks fifth in the league (126/150, 84.0%).
6. On this day in 2001, Martin Brodeur stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens at Molson Centre. It was his first NHL shutout in his hometown of Montreal.