Series (Game 1 of 4)

New Jersey leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
Game 2: Saturday, November 12th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 28th
Game 4: Friday, March 10th

Devils 4

(7-7-2, 16 pts)

Capitals 3

(6-10-0, 12 pts)

1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
NJ 1 2 14
WSH 0 1 23

Top Skaters

New Jersey: G. Marshall - 1 G, 2 A, 3 SOG, +1

Washington: J. Halpern - 1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, +1

Devils' Brodeur expected to return 

New Jersey (6-7-2) at Washington (6-9-0), 1:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Martin Brodeur is expected to return to the ice this afternoon in Washington as the Devils try to snap a four-game losing streak when the Capitals begin a home-and-home series.

The Devils hope that getting Brodeur, who has been sidelined with a sprained knee, back in net will be the remedy for their slump.

The two-time Vezina winner has missed six straight games.

On Tuesday, New Jersey lost a 4-1 decision to the New York Islanders. Making his sixth consecutive start in the absence of Brodeur, Scott Clemmensen allowed four goals on 20 shots in falling to 2-2-2 this season.

Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig is questionable, at best, for this weekend's series against the after tweaking a nagging groin muscle strain Thursday during practice.

Any extended absence for Kolzig would be a huge blow to the Capitals. The veteran has often been the club's best player, and his steady play in net is largely responsible for the team's six victories.

Team officials declined to divulge the severity of Kolzig's injury.

Backup Brent Johnson is expected to make his third start today. Johnson is 0-2-0 with a 6.34 goals against average.

Rookie Alexander Ovechkin hopes to continue his torrid scoring pace at the MCI Center.

The top overall pick in 2004, Ovechkin is one of the early leading contenders for this season's Calder Trophy. The 20-year-old Russian has scored two goals in each of his last two games and three of his last five.

With five overall two-tally contests under his belt, Ovechkin is tied with Philadelphia's Simon Gagne for the most multi-goal performances this season. His 12 goals overall account for one-third of Washington's total, the largest percentage in the league.

The Capitals enter Friday with wins in their previous two home games. But on Tuesday, they suffered a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. In addition to Ovechkin's pair of goals, Ben Clymer and Matt Pettinger also tallied for Washington.

Defenseman Vladimir Malakhov scored the lone goal for the Devils, who have not lost five straight games since dropping six in a row from November 2-14, 2000.