This was the first of four straight home games for New Jersey after opening the season with a 5-2 win over Edmonton in Sweden. . Kinkaid will carry the goaltending load as Cory Schneider continues his recovery from offseason hip surgery. Schneider has resumed skating with the team. . Hall was greeted by “MVP” chants as last year’s Hart Trophy winner was introduced to the Prudential Center crowd. . New Jersey scratched defensemen Eric Gryba, Steve Santini and RW Drew Stafford. The Washington scratches were C Jayson Magna, D Madison Bowey, RW Tom Wilson and LW Nathan Walker.