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Gamethread #61: New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals

In their final game before the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline, the New Jersey Devils will play their final regular season game against the Washington Capitals. This one has an afternoon start so at least if it gets ugly, it cannot ruin the night. Fans can discuss the game as it happens here.

NHL: JAN 16 Devils at Capitals
For the last time this season, we may see Miles Wood on the ice against Nicklas Backstrom. It probably should not happen too much today either.
Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the final time in 2019-20, last place in the Metropolitan Division will take on first place in the Metropolitan Division. And with the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, this may be the final time for some of the players involved in this one.

Oh, there’s this Alex Ovechkin fellow who could score his 700th goal too. Just in case the Devils did not have enough pain this season, they could be immortalized in highlight reels this afternoon. Great. Just great.

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils vs. the Washington Capitals (SBN Blog: Japers’ Rink)

The Time: 1:00 PM ET

The Broadcasts: TV - MSG+, NBCSWA; Digital Audio - The Devils Hockey Network (

The Song for the Afternoon: Given that the trade deadline is on Monday and we know it has been a lost season for the Devils for quite some time, I cannot help but feel that NoMeansNo’s “The Graveyard Shift,” the first track from their 2000 album One, is appropriate. At least it is to me. As Rob says, “It will never be the same. It will never change. It will be a long time.”

The Rules: The rules remain the rules regardless of the fact that this is an afternoon game as well as the final game of the season against the Caps. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams), and all about the games itself. Just as importantly, let’s respect each other. There’s no need for drama or being unwelcoming of your fellow Devils fan. This is a gamethread, let’s focus on the game. Thank you for reading. Go Devils!