The Washington Capitals have struggled heartily this season, managing just 11 points through 15 games and dropping the team to last in the Eastern Conference.
Conversely, the New Jersey Devils have been off to a great start. Their 22 points tie them for first in the conference and third in the league.
The Devils will have to take on the Capitals twice over the next four games, with both games being played in Washington—a fluke attributable to the lockout. But the Capitals have played better at home and the Devils appear to be beginning to slow down, losing three of their last four games.
The pair of games could be just what either team needs to gain some positive, forward momentum, and you can bet that the Capitals will be playing their hardest to turn their season around.
As a top team in the East, the games should be New Jersey's to lose, but can they shut down the Capitals' potent offense?