Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (22-9-6) at Washington Capitals (23-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CSNB
The New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brian Gibbons leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 24 assists and Will Butcher has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 69 goals on 899 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 31 goals on 290 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.
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The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 27 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 74 goals on 897 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 342 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 13 games.
The Devils are 6-15 in their last 21 vs. Metropolitan and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 42-14 in their last 56 home games and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Devils are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington, 3-13 in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are one of those teams I'm not trying to step in front of right now, as they've been one of the more consistent teams in the league, which includes winning 42 of their last 56 home games. Also, the Capitals haven't allowed more than three goals in a single game this month. Add the Capitals history against the Devils, and you have to like the home team to win this game, even if the Devils have been playing well in their own right.