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Friday, January 24th (All times Eastern)

Washington Capitals (22-20-8) at New Jersey Devils (21-19-11), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals are currently mired in a lengthy slump and once again it's possible Alex Ovechkin won't be there to help them get out of it.

With or without the NHL's leading goal-scorer, the Capitals hope to end a six- game slide when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Friday's battle at the Prudential Center.

Washington is 0-4-2 over its last six outings and the club has lost the last four in regulation. Ovechkin, who is pacing the league with 35 goals, has been absent the last two games due to a lower-body injury and he missed practice again on Thursday. However, the three-time Hart Trophy winner is making the trip to New Jersey and he is considered questionable for Friday's tilt.

The Capitals have scored more than one goal on just one occasion during its current skid and they were shut out 2-0 in Tuesday's home test against the Ottawa Senators. Craig Anderson made 34 saves to keep Washington off the board, as the Caps fell for the 10th time in 12 games (2-6-4).

Braden Holtby stopped 24-of-26 shots in the tough-luck loss for the Capitals, who have lost six straight for the first time since an 0-6-2 stretch from Dec. 2-18, 2010.

"If you're not winning, there's a reason you're not winning," Capitals forward Brooks Laich said. "When you win, it's because you deserve to win, generally. And if you're not winning, do something extra. Honestly, we're tired of talking about it. Well done is better than well said. If you want to talk about it, go show it on the ice."

The Caps now will try to solve their issues on the road, as they're set to begin a five-game swing tonight. That could be a problem, however, considering Washington is just 8-11-4 as the guest this season compared to a 14-9-4 mark on home ice.

While Washington will take a win of any kind on Friday, the Devils were able to record a truly impressive win in their last trip to the ice. New Jersey hosted one of the best teams in the Western Conference on Tuesday in the St. Louis Blues and wound up recording a 7-1 rout, as the usually low-scoring Devils set a season high in goals scored.

The Devils are ranked 26th in the league with an average of 2.39 goals per game but they were able to score early and often in Tuesday's blowout win. The six-goal triumph beat a 5-0 win over visiting Nashville on Nov. 10 for the club's largest margin of victory this season and it also halted a two-game slide.

Damien Brunner returned from a 14-game absence and registered a goal and two assists to pace the offense. Eric Gelinas also collected a goal and two helpers, while Mark Fayne, Ryan Carter, Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique each scored once for the Devils, who improved to 4-1-2 over their last seven games.

Cory Schneider backstopped the easy victory with 26 saves.

"I thought we all did a great job out there tonight," said Schneider. "We got those quick goals and that always makes things a lot easier for me."

Forward Adam Henrique missed Tuesday's win with a hand injury and is questionable for Friday's tilt. He has 13 goals on the season to trail only Jagr and Michael Ryder for the team lead. Jagr and Ryder each have 16 goals.

New Jersey, which is three points out of the last playoff spot in the East, has won three straight on home ice and is 11-6-6 in Newark this season. The Devils will play the host in Sunday's outdoor game against the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

The Devils posted a 5-4 overtime win at Washington on Dec. 21 with Andy Greene providing the game-winner just 43 second into the extra session. Martin Brodeur picked up the win in that contest, but Schneider expects to get the start tonight.

Jersey has claimed six of the past seven meetings in this series overall and the Caps have lost two in a row and five of the last seven encounters in the Garden State.

01/24 10:11:26 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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