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Johan Hedberg will start in goal for the Devils after Martin Brodeur played last night against the Bruins. Hedberg, who is an old enemy of the Caps, is 13-7-2 on the year with a 2.53 GAA, .908 save percentage, and two shutouts on the year. He has evolved into one of the most reliable backups in the NHL this year and beat the Caps in his last start agains them. Outside the crease, the Devils have two key men down: center Travis Zajac, who has missed all but eight games this year because of complications due to an achilles injury, and defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who had a blood clot in his leg and is rehabbing from the complications associated with that injury.
Michal Neuvirth has earned a fourth consecutive nod in goal from Dale Hunter this evening, as he has won each of his last three starts in excellent form. Neuvirth is 9-9-3 on the year with a 2.83 GAA, .903 save percentage, and two shutouts. He has excelled against the Devils in his career, with a .950 save percentage against them, and allowed three goals in a shootout loss in their last meeting. On the injury front, the Caps are still without star center Nicklas Backstrom, who is out because of a concussion and has not played in nearly two months now. After three wins in a row, Hunter should keep the same lineup, which means that Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine will be scratched, as well as Mike Knuble.
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