The Washington Capitals found themselves down by two goals entering the second period of Sunday's game against the Ottawa Senators. Within ten minutes, however, that 2-0 deficit turned into a 3-2 lead, one that the Capitals would hold onto en route to their first win in two weeks. With the long-awaited matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins just days away, the Caps looked to build momentum against the lowly New Jersey Devils Tuesday at Verizon Center.
Mathieu Perreault scored twice Sunday and Eric Fehr added a goal of his own. Fehr, however, will not be available Tuesday after a death in the family. Alexander Semin is also doubtful as he recovers from a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the last three games.
The last time the Caps and Devils met, the Devils embarrassed the Caps in a 5-0 win November 22. Since then, the Devils have won just three games. New Jersey is an NHL-worst in total goals scored, total goals scored per game and goal differential as well as 29th in total road goals scored.