New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, left, of the Czech Republic, scores past Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth during a shootout of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3 in a shootout. The Caps are 6-9-1 away from home and have struggled because they've started slowly. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias, left, of the Czech Republic, scores past Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth during a shootout of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3 in a shootout. The Caps are 6-9-1 away from home and have struggled because they've started slowly. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)