Capitals host the Devils following shutout victory
Washington; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Washington hosts the New Jersey Devils after the Capitals shut out Carolina 2-0. Ilya Samsonov earned the victory in the net for Washington after recording 23 saves.
The Capitals are 7-7-1 against the rest of their division. Washington is eighth in the NHL averaging 5.7 assists per game, led by John Carlson with 0.9.
The Devils are 5-6-2 against opponents in the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey averages 10.3 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the NHL. Wayne Simmonds leads the team serving 54 total minutes.
In their last matchup on Jan. 11, New Jersey won 5-1. Nico Hischier recorded a team-high 2 points for the Devils.
Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with a plus-four in 44 games played this season. Hischier has collected 10 points over the last 10 games for New Jersey.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 5-3-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.9 penalties and 11.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.
Capitals: 5-5-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.9 penalties and 10.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .888 save percentage.
INJURIES: Capitals: None listed.
Devils: Kyle Palmieri: day to day (lower body), Mackenzie Blackwood: day to day (upper body).