This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs, first since Feb. 20 at Verizon Center. The Devils are seeking their first win of the series (0-2-1).
Coach John Hynes' squad has won five of its last seven games (5-2-0). New Jersey has won two straight at Prudential Center and is 17-15-4 at The Rock overall.
3. Scott Wedgewood
, who made 39 saves for his first career shutout last night in Pittsburgh, gets the call for his third straight start. Wedgewood became the first Devils’ rookie goaltender to record a shutout since Mike Dunham
on Apr. 6, 1997 at St. Louis (25 saves).
Wedgewood is 2-0-0 and has stopped 66/67 shots in his first two starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wedgewood became the second goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout within his first two NHL appearances. The other: Samuel St. Laurent
– also in his second game – on March 27, 1986 vs. STL (1-0 W).
New Jersey is looking to snap a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) vs. Washington (last win, Nov. 14, 2014). Three of their last four games against the Caps have been decided by one goal.
5. Kyle Palmieri
(4g-3a-7pts) and Reid Boucher
(2g-3a-5pts) each enter tonight’s game with points in a career-high four straight games. They are each looking to tie the team season-high of points in five consecutive games tonight (Lee Stempniak
, Dec. 3-11, 2g-3a-5pts).
6. Adam Henrique
notched his 27th goal of the season last night and now needs just one point for 200 in his NHL career.