Three Stars: 1. Alex Ovechkin 2. T.J. Oshie 3. Matt Niskanen
New Jersey finished its home-and-home set with Washington 1-1-0. The club is 9-4-2 at Prudential Center this season.
The Devils are 4-4-2 against the Metropolitan Division and are 8-9-5 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
The Devils are 2-3-2 at home and are 5-7-3 overall vs. the Capitals since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey was 0-9 on the power play and is 3-28 (10.7%) over the last five games.
The Devils were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 12-14 (85.7%) over the last five games.
Washington out-shot New Jersey 26-23.
Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal of the season at 6:53 of the second period. He has three goals and one assist over his last five games.
Palmieri’s unassisted marker came while each team was skating in a three-on-three situation due to penalties.
Beau Bennett notched his second goal of the year in the third period. It was his first point in his last 11 games. Bennett also had three shots on goal and a season-high four hits (tie, Dec. 3 at Nsh.)
Ben Lovejoy and Jon Merrill notched the assists on Bennett’s goal. It was Merrill’s first point of the season. It was Lovejoy’s first point since Dec. 6 vs. Van. (11 games).
Keith Kinkaid made his second consecutive start and fell to 4-4-2 on the season. He stopped 20 of 26 shots.
Andy Greene led New Jersey is 24:18 of ice-time.
Jacob Josefson was 6-9 (67%) in the faceoff circle.