Game 3 Preview: Oates, Caps Visit The Rock


Washington Capitals (0-3-0) @ New Jersey Devils (2-0-0)

This is the second home game of the season for the Devils and the first time we will be meeting the Washington Capitals at the rock this season. Adam Oates, former Devils assistant coach took the head coaching job vacated by Dale Hunter last summer.

The Last Devils Game: The other night, the Devils took on the Flyers at home. The Devils quickly got out to a 1-0 lead on Zajac’s second of the season before the Flyers seemed to settle down and control the flow of the game. Marty had all the answers though and Clarkson scored his second of the season near the end of the 1st. After Kovalchuk put home a penalty shot to extend the lead to 3, the Flyers lost composure and eventually the game as Marty recorded his 120th career shutout.

The Last Caps Game: Been kind of a disappointing start for the Caps. They’ve gotten off to an 0-3 record and really haven’t been in a game yet. They’ve given up 14 goals this season while only putting in 6. Montreal  beat the Caps in Washington by a score of 4-1 last night.

Tonight’s Game: Despite the 0-3 start for the Caps, this is a game that I am a little nervous about. The main reason would be the man behind the bench. He knows what we are about, he knows our game plan or at least has a good idea what it is and probably has a good idea on how to stop NJ.

Discipline was a bit of an issue the other night but our PK did a great job. Let’s cut down on the penalties because any PP unit that includes the name “Ovenchkin” isn’t one I want to see very often.

The defense needs to clean up the slot a little more. We’ve done a great job limiting the Islanders and Flyers to shots taken but at times they both got the puck into the slot area and had some pretty decent chances. I’m fine with a shooter beating us for a goal from the outside but if they do so in the slot, I can’t help but feel it was a breakdown and probably easily prevented.

Looks like Marty will again be in the net tonight and it looks again as if Adam Larsson will be a healthy scratch. With the way the defense is playing, it is hard to suggest they are doing the wrong thing with Larsson but I do feel between the playoffs and the start in 2013, we might be hurting his confidence a bit.

I’d like to see our PP get rolling downhill tonight. We had a 5 on 3 the other night and felt it took a while to get set up. Of course PK’s are more important but the PP has been one area I’ve been displeased with (yes you can be displeased in a 2-0-0 start!!).

Let us know what you think? Are the Caps just a bad team and not a threat tonight or is this a game we should be worried about?

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About Darren

Darren is a long time fan of the New Jersey Devils and had been covering the New Jersey Devils for various websites before starting up Running With The Devils in the fall of 2009.