CAPITALS (36-9-4) at DEVILS (26-20-6)
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Season series: Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera and Matt Niskanen each had a goal and an assist in the Washington Capitals' 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center on Oct. 10. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 21 saves. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist for the Devils.
Capitals team scope: Left wing Marcus Johansson, who has missed the past two games because of an upper-body injury, and defenseman Brooks Orpik, who hasn't played since Nov. 10 because of a lower-body injury, practiced Friday, according to CSNMidatlantic.com. The Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey and defenseman Connor Carrick from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Friday and sent forward Zach Sill and defenseman Aaron Ness to Hershey. Left wing Andre Burakovsky, who has five goals and seven points in the past five games, will play his 100th NHL game. Burakovsky has played on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams. "It was pretty quick [to 100 games] but feels good and I just need to continue from here," Burakovsky told the Capitals website. "I hope to get 100 more. Evgeny and Justin have really helped me since I was put on the second line. We've had good chemistry. For me, this is probably the best I've played all season." Holtby, who has a League-leading 31 wins, is expected to start in goal.
Devils team scope: Cammalleri will miss his third straight game because of a right-hand injury, according to NorthJersey.com. Cammalleri is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday before the game at the New York Rangers. "He continues to make progress. He's doing things but it's not like it's going to be in the next day or two," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He's coming along but there's no breakthroughs yet." Former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who will have his No. 30 jersey retired by the Devils on Tuesday, will drop the ceremonial puck Saturday. Goaltender Cory Schneider is the likely starter. Defenseman John Moore returned to the lineup Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing the past three games because of a lower-body injury. Rookie left wing Joseph Blandisi has two goals and eight points in the past nine games. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid made a season-high 37 saves in his first start since Jan. 12.