Bah gawd! It’s another Metropolitan Division matchup.
The Caps have traveled up I-95 to the state that natives always claim “is actually a good state.” That’s right, New Jersey!
The Capitals might look a tad rusty, since they’re coming off a bye week and also don’t have Andre Burakovsky in the lineup. The Devils currently sit five points behind the Capitals and have played two less games. That’s all fine and dandy, but it won’t be enough when it’s crunch time in the division. As the SBNation blog All About the Jersey says, for the Devils to make the playoffs, “it’s do-or-die with these games.”
The game begins at 7:00 PM on NBCSN, (or MSG+ for those of us in the Big Apple Area). Mr. Pat Holden will bring you that sweet, sweet recap.
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The morning skate lines were reported by Jesse Dougherty at the Washington Post. Andre Burakovsky rotated in on the fourth line but was not in initial rushes. Trotz has declared him a healthy scratch because he missed the last two games before the bye week and hasn’t been on ice for over a week.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – DSP
Vrana – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Connolly – Eller – Oshie
Stephenson – Beagle – Chiasson
Djoos – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Bowey
Just a small preview of what you might see later *brushes off TJ’s shoulder*
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 18, 2018
I’d like to shift your focus a bit to one of the most important sensations to hit the planet. Her name is Fiona and she is a hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. She just celebrated her first birthday and she is so fierce. Here is Fiona trying snow for the first time. A bit apprehensive for sure, but her mom is the one having the good time today.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 16, 2018
Fiona is not camera shy.
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) January 13, 2018
You can even buy her merch and it will support #TeamFiona. She has shirts, pottery, books, and basically everything you will ever need. She even has some ice cream that you can buy to celebrate her birthday:
Anyway, Fiona is one of the little things that makes me (and my sister) very happy in the world. I thought I would spread the joy.
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