Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils - 11/14/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (7-7-2) at Washington Capitals (7-5-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -157 / New Jersey Devils +143 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Jersey Devils finally snapped their four game losing streak with a victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. New Jersey has been sluggish since a rash of injuries hit them, struggling to generate things offensively. The return of Michael Cammalleri and Martin Havlat should hhelp this club immensely but they need to stay on the ice. New Jersey isn't equipped to lose guys who bring offensive fire power to theh lineup. In his first game back on Monday night in Boston it was obvious how much Cammalleri helps in the offensive zone. Tuesday night it was Cammlleri's sixth goal of the season that gave the Devils a 2-0 lead in the second period. The winger buried a rebound off a shot from Jaromir Jagr and there's something to be said about a guy who knows where to go to find the puck. Minnesota cut the lead to a goal in the third after the Devils allowed a short handed goal but they were able to seal the victory on an empty net goal from Travis Zajac. Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Devils and Cory Schneider made yet another start in goal and stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced. Schneider has started every game that the Devils have played this season and while it is understandable that head coach Peter Deboer wants to ride his No. 1 goalie while his team is struggling offensively he needs to be aware of how detrimental it can be down the stretch. It's very difficult for a goaltender to play a heavy workload all year long and still be fresh for theh post season. New Jersey has a favorable schedule the rest of the month but almost all of their games are on the road. Colorado and Detroit are the only two remaining home games for the Devils who play eight more games in the month off December.
It will be the third and final game of a three game home stand for the Washington Capitals who look to go 3-0 after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. This has been a nice response by the Capitls after a five game losing streak. Tuesday night it was an early surge from the Caps that got them going in the right direction. Marcus Johansson opened the scoring just 1:36 into the opening period, burying a rebound from the blue paint off a shot from Troy Brouwer. Just over six minutes later it was Alex Ovechkin from the left circle on the power play, a play we've seen so many times before, that gave the Capitals a 2-0 advntage. Ovechkin would add another goal before the end of the period and despite the Columbus Blue Jackets cutting the lead to 3-2 late in the second period it was Johansson adding his second of the game to seal it in the third. One thing that new head coach Barry Trotz is trying to instill in his club is some mental toughness. Washington has had the talent to go extremely far for a lot of years now but they can't ever seem to handle the pressure when it's time to perform. Trotz needs to find a way to get them to give a consistent effort on nightly basis. If he can this club has the potentil to go a long way.
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The Capitals are a considerable favorite in this one and the've been playing well but the Devils are a different club with these guys back in the lineup. It gives New Jersey some weapons and helps balance out the lines. The Devils also owe the Capitls for earlier in the season.