GAME: Washington Capitals (8-15-1-1) at New Jersey Devils (12-5-6-0).
TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Washington Capitals look to extend their first winning streak of the
season as they face the suddenly struggling New Jersey Devils at Continental
The Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Tuesday, becoming the last team
in the NHL to win consecutive games this season.
"It wasn't lost on us," said Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig, who stopped 25
shots. "We've been awful for the first two months, but now we're starting to
turn it around a bit."
The Capitals opened the season 1-7-1 and ranked 27th in the league with
three goals allowed per game through Tuesday. They have allowed at least three
goals in all but one of their losses this season.
However, Kolzig, who now has seven wins, said that his team is showing signs
"I've gotten to the point where I'm just going to play hockey," Kolzig
said. "I'm not going to get wrapped up in any other things. And though it
seems strange to say, everyone here is being selfish, but in a good way. I
think we're all doing the same thing -- just playing our best and seeing what
Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist against the Islanders, and Kip
Miller, Jaromir Jagr and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for Washington, which is
playing the third game of a five-game road trip.
The Capitals have won four of their last six road games.
The Devils lost 3-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, extending their
winless streak to four games (0-2-2). They are 0-1-2 since ending a team
record-tying 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3).
"It's only a couple of loses in what, 16 games?" Devils captain Scott
Stevens said. "I don't know if we're in a slump yet."
Jay Pandolfo scored the only goal for New Jersey, which has scored just one
goal in its last three games.