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BREAKING: The Washington Capitals offense misses Alexander Ovechkin. The Caps fell 2-1 to the Devils on Friday and have scored just a single goal since he’s been out of the lineup. As a matter of fact, they’ve managed just three goals in their last four outings overall.
Marcus Johansson continues to struggle as he’s now gone pointless in four straight, while posting just a single shot against the Devils. Part of the problem is likely the lack of Ovechkin, as Johansson has played with him and Nicklas Backstrom for much of the year.
It’s worth noting that Troy Brouwer has taken Ovechkin’s spot with the group for the time, although he hasn’t notched a point in three games himself. He's someone to keep an eye though if Ovechkin continues to miss time.
Mikhail Grabovski left this one with a lower-body injury, which is probably the last thing Washington needed with Ovechkin already on the shelf. Stay tuned.
In case you haven’t noticed, Jaromir Jagr is still pretty decent for 41 years old. His two assists Friday tied him with some guy named Mario Lemieux for 10th on the all-time list. Jagr now sits at 42 points on the campaign and it’s scary to think what his career numbers might look like if he hadn’t taken off to the KHL for a few years.
Adam Henrique converted one of Jagr’s passes, giving him goals in two straight. He also had a whopping eight shots against the Caps when no other Devil had more than three.
Ryane Clowe failed to pick up a point for just the second time in nine games. He’s still getting top power play minutes right now though, so wait until he posts two or three dud performances in a row before giving up on him.
Don’t look now but Cory Schneider could be running away with the goaltending duties in New Jersey. He made 30 stops against Washington and his game log has been ridiculous since the end of December. He has recorded a save percentage of .960 or better in six-of-eight starts.
Jonas Gustavsson had a good game in a 4-1 win over the Canadiens. Grab him while you can, or at least until it’s a little more clear how long Jimmy Howard will be out.
Riley Sheahan scored his second goal of the season. I keep recommending to give him a look with all of Detroit’s injuries, but he hasn’t really done anything of substance. Although he did play more than three minutes with the man advantage on Friday. However, he’s got only one shot in his last three games.