Friday, November 14, 2008
Washington (9-4-2) will look for its fifth straight victory tonight playing against Scott Clemmensen (Who?) and the New Jersey Devils (7-6-2). The Devils are looking to find any way of winning without their injured star, Martin Brodeur. New Jersey has dropped three of four since Marty injured his elbow November 1st against Atlanta.
New Jersey has been struggling offensively only producing 2.47 goals-per-game, which ranks in the bottom four of the league. The Devils only have two goal scorers with more than three goals (Zach Parise with 11 and Patrick Elias with four). New Jersey also has the second worse power play, and have only converted on 4/22 extra man opportunities on the road.
On the Caps end, Michael Nylander is going to be a healthy scratch tonight. This means that both Eric Fehr and David Steckel will be inserted into the lineup as Sergei Fedorov will be out of action for at least the weekend.
Jose Theodore will get the start against the Devils for the first time since taking the loss in a 5-0 blowout against Buffalo. In his career, Theo has compiled a woeful record of 4-13, but does have respectable supporting stats of 2.69/.910 and one career shutout.