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LOS ANGELES (AP) Keith Kinkaid has always performed well against the Los Angeles Kings.Entering the crux of a six-game road trip crucial to the New Jersey’s playoff hopes Lars Eller Jersey , the Devils‘ goalie tormented the Kings once again.Kinkaid stopped 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping the Devils improve their playoff positioning with a 3-0 win over the Kings on Saturday.”He’s a big reason why we’ve been able to be competitive and continue to be competitive down the stretch,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”We need him to continue to be very good. It’s nice to see Keith rise up. He’s playing extremely well right now, so let’s keep going with it.”Michael Grabner, Nico Hischier and Miles Wood each scored for the Devils, who have won three straight and four of five. New Jersey remained in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Metropolitan Division rivals Philadelphia and Columbus, who both won later Saturday night.Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who are tied with Anaheim for third in the Pacific.Kinkaid is 3-0-0 in his career against the Kings with two shutouts. He has won four consecutive starts and is 9-2-0 in his last 11.”I guess I like playing against them,” Kinkaid said with a smile when asked about facing the Kings. ”They come out real hard and we just had to weather their storm. Fortunately, we got a few good goals there and a few good breaks. … I’ll take wins no matter how they come, whether it’s 8-3, 7-5 or 3-0. Any win is good right now.”Kinkaid’s dominance of the Kings was especially evident in the first period when he made 19 saves, stopping nine shots during the Kings’ four power-plays, including 58 seconds of 5-on-3 play.”He’s played well against us, so we weren’t surprised he played because his record against us is very good Madison Bowey Jersey ,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”I just thought we didn’t do enough to make his job more difficult. We were at the net, but not taking his eyes away enough.”The Kings’ inability to execute on the power play was costly, with Grabner’s short-handed goal at 8:29 of the first period giving the Devils a 1-0 lead when he intercepted Drew Doughty’s pass at the blue line to spring his breakaway.New Jersey’s 10 short-handed goals are tied with Florida, Nashville and Edmonton for most in the NHL.It was the first short-handed goal allowed at home by the Kings this season, which leaves Carolina as the only team in the NHL that has not conceded a short-handed goal at home.”That turned out to be the biggest play of the game,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said. ”When you get those power play opportunities there, you want to cash in on them and we failed to do so.”The Devils went up 2-0 on Hischier’s third goal in the last four games. The rookie center, who has five points in that span, scored on a wrist shot from the high slot. Damon Severon had an assist for the third consecutive game, and Brian Gibbons got his third assist in two games.New Jersey had four shots in the first.”We were obviously a little bit opportunistic there. At this time of the year it doesn’t matter. We’ll take `em how we can get `em,” Devils defenseman Andy Greene said. ”Keith was huge back there, PK did a really good job and really gave us momentum a couple times. It’s just a huge, huge two points again on the road.”Wood made it 3-0 at 6:06 in the third. Brian Boyle had the assist to extend his point streak to three games.NOTES: Devils F Patrick Maroon did not play because of a lower-body injury. … New Jersey is 27-0-2 when leading after the second period. … Los Angeles went 0 for 6 with the man advantage, matching its most chances in a game without a power-play goal this season.UP NEXTDevils: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.Kings: Open a four-game road trip at the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.— The Washington Capitals got the pageantry of winning the Stanley Cup — the banner-raising, one last celebration with their fans — out of their system Wednesday when they opened the 2018-19 season, although a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins might have seemed like another chapter to the same party.“That’s a huge day for us Nicklas Backstrom Jersey ,” Evgeny Kuznetzov, who had two goals, told NBCSN. “Our fans waited a long time to have a night like that.”Now comes perhaps a dose of reality. The Capitals play on the road on the second of back-to-back nights against a longtime rival that didn’t have to play Wednesday and is champing at the bit to greet them.Article continues below ...“The games are already pretty tense, and this game is going to be no different. It’s going to be a fun one to play in,” Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin said after his team practiced Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena, site of the showdown with the Capitals Thursday night. “Even though it’s just a regular-season game, I think the stakes are high.”Dumoulin seems probable to play after recovering from an upper-body injury late in the preseason.The Penguins and Capitals have been division rivals for decades. Pittsburgh had made a habit of beating Washington in the playoffs en route to winning the Cup. Washington flipped the script in the second round last spring and ousted the two-time defending Cup champions along the way to their first title.That left the Capitals thirsty for more.“As soon as you win the Cup, you don’t want to lose that feeling,” Washington captain Alex Ovechkin told the Washington Post. “You want to win more than one. As soon as you taste it, it’s kind of like a really good restaurant. You go there once, and you want to come back more than once because it’s great.”The Capitals will be without winger Tom Wilson, who was issued a 20-game suspension by the NHL Wednesday for a hit he delivered in a preseason game.Wilson was suspended three games during the playoff series with Pittsburgh last spring for delivering a hit that left Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and a concussion.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was critical of Wilson before the length of the latest suspension was known.“He still chooses to make those hits,” Crosby said. “I’m sure the league’s well aware of that. It’s not the first time we’re talking about a hit that he made. … For whatever reason, he still decides to do that.“I just don’t know how many opportunities you need, you know? So, obviously Philipp Grubauer Jersey , the point hasn’t been made yet.”Perhaps anticipating Wilson’s absence, the Capitals Tuesday claimed winger Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers from St. Louis, and he could make his Washington debut against the Penguins. Defenseman Michal Kempny is out because of a concussion.The Wilson suspension aside, both teams returned for the 2018-19 season largely intact, although Pittsburgh has touted the fact that its players got a longer offseason to rest and recover after two short summers following Cup wins.“I think everyone’s really, really excited,” Dumoulin said of the opening of the season. “You feel the energy throughout the team. I think everyone’s excited to start playing for something again and come together as a team — especially after last year, ending it on a sour note.”While Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray will be fresh, Washington coach Todd Reirden had not decided whether to go with his No. 1 goalie, Braden Holtby, a second night in a row against the Penguins after he picked up his 33rd career shutout Wednesday.“I definitely have spent some time on this one, probably as soon as the schedule came out,” Reirden said of the decision.
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