New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (15-10-6) at New Jersey Devils (11-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +108 / Washington Capitals -119 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Devils look for their second win in as many nights on home ice as they host the Capitals on Saturday less than 24 hours after outlasting the Lightning in a shootout.
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The Washington Capitals have quietly played a pretty solid stretch of hockey in the last two weeks as they have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and are currently sitting in third place in the Metro division and occupy the final automatic playoff berth designated to the division. The Caps have always been about Alex Ovechkin but this looks to be a different team under Barry Trotz as the focus has shifted away from the Great Eight and more so on a team game that could perhaps be the recipe this team has needed all along. Washington is coming off a victory and can make it back to back here as they look to contnue their road dominance and notch their 10th win of the season outside of the nation's capital. Braden Holtby will get the call for the Caps between the pipes as he will go up against Corey Schneider for the Devils.
New Jersey gave up a late goal with the empty net to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night that forced overtime and ultimately a shootout but in unprecedented fashion for this team they actually earned the second point in the skills competition and grabbed just their third win in 10 games. The Devils have played the majority of their games on the road so far this season but in the minimal sample size we have they have been underwhelming on home ice and while that is likely to even out as they play more games at the Prudential Center you'd think they'd have more success when playing at home. The Devils to me are a very funny team as they don't seem to have the talent of others in the East and are loaded with guys on the back end of their careers yet they somehow find ways to win the ugly games and make it very tough to handicap. However, I don't see them as a playoff team this season whereas the Caps could very well sneak in alongside the Pens and Islanders if they can fend off the Rangers or at the very least they should be in the mix for a wild card spot. The Devils are home dogs here which is tempting but I do think Washington is the better team and they should get the win here.