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Streaking Capitals host struggling Devils

New Jersey (7-6-2) at Washington (9-4-2) 7:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils have had trouble

scoring goals since they lost goaltender Martin Brodeur, and it

doesn't figure to get any easier against the Washington Capitals

on Friday.

Washington, which leads the Southeast Division by two points

over Carolina, has boasted a stingy defense over its current

four-game winning streak. The Capitals have allowed just six

goals during the run while finding the net 15 times.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Alexander Semin

continued his torrid pace, figuring in all five tallies with two

goals and three assists as the Capitals beat the Hurricanes,

5-1, on Wednesday.

Semin leads the NHL with 27 points while Ovechkin has heated up

of late, collecting eight points in his last four games after

totaling just three over his previous seven.

New Jersey has lost three in a row and four of five since

Brodeur tore a tendon in his left bicep against the Atlanta

Thrashers on November 1, an injury that will keep the All-Star

netminder out at least three months.

While Kevin Weekes has been serviceable in net, posting a 3.06

goals against average and .898 save percentage, the Devils have

not provided him much offensive support.

Outside of a 4-3, shootout victory over Tampa Bay last

Wednesday, New Jersey has managed just three goals in Weekes'

other three starts, all losses.

Weekes had not allowed more than three goals until he was pulled

after surrendering four goals in the second period of New

Jersey's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.



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