CAPITALS (15-10-6) at DEVILS (12-16-6)
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Mike Cammalleri has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 13 with a lower-body injury, the New Jersey Devils announced Saturday.
The forward will be out for New Jersey's game Saturday against the Washington Capitals, and will be eligible to return Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Cammalleri has missed the past three games, and last played Dec. 13 against the Dallas Stars. Playing in his first season in New Jersey, Cammalleri leads the Devils with 11 goals and five power-play goals.
Neither the Devils nor the Capitals had full morning skates Saturday morning, but New Jersey did make a few moves. Defenseman Adam Larsson and forward Mike Sislo were both recalled.
Larsson has not played for the Devils since Dec. 2, but skated for the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League on Friday on a conditioning assignment after being diagnosed with the mumps. He had two assists in a 4-2 win against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Sislo has skated in eight games for the Devils this season, picking up one assist.
The Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Friday 3-2 after beginning the third period up 2-1. Nikita Kucherov scored with 41 seconds remaining in regulation for the Lightning, but Keith Kinkaid stopped all three Tampa Bay attempts in the shootout to pick up his first career NHL victory.
"We had a good effort last night, and a big win, and it would be great to get another one here in a back-to-back situation against a divisional opponent," Cory Schneider said.
Washington last played Thursday, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime, which snapped a seven-game winning streak for Columbus. Coach Barry Trotz addressed the media Saturday morning, saying his forward lines would remain the same from the Thursday game, while defenseman Jack Hillen, a healthy scratch for the past four games, may play, according to the Washington Post.
Here are the projected lineups:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Marcus Johansson - Michael Latta - Troy Brouwer
Brooks Laich - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward
Jason Chimera - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jay Beagle
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt - Mike Green
Scratched: Jack Hillen
Injured: Aaron Volpatti (upper body), Dmitry Orlov (wrist), John Erskine (neck surgery)
Scott Gomez - Adam Henrique - Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - Martin Havlat
Tuomo Ruutu - Stephen Gionta - Michael Ryder
Steve Bernier - Tim Sestito - Jordin Tootoo
Andy Greene - Jon Merrill
Seth Helgeson - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Peter Harrold
Injured: Mike Cammalleri (lower body), Dainius Zubrus (leg lacerations), Jacob Josefson (groin), Bryce Salvador (lower body), Damon Severson (left ankle), Ryane Clowe (head)
Status Report: Schneider, who sat last night, is expected to make his 31st start tonight, a League high. After starting the first 20 games of the season for the Devils, Schneider has started 10 of the team's past 14. … If Larsson does play, he could replace Helgeson, who was among a group of New Jersey players who skated Saturday morning.
Who's hot: The Capitals have points in all of its last seven games (5-0-2), the team's longest streak since winning eight in a row between April 2 and April 16, 2013. … Backstrom was held without a point on Thursday, but had six points (3-3--6) in the four games prior, including his first career regular-season hat trick.