New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (37-17-6) at New Jersey Devils (23-27-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +166 / Washington Capitals -185 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: MSG+, NSWA
The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils meet Saturday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 55 assists and T.J. Oshie has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 120 goals on 1,162 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The New Jersey Devils need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 22 goals, Nikita Gusev has 23 assists and P.K. Subban has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 44 goals on 360 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 108 goals on 1,243 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in four of their last eight games.
The Capitals are 8-3 in their last 11 games as a road favorite, 19-8 in their last 27 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 27-60 in their last 87 games as a home underdog. The under is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 road games. The under is 4-0 in Devils last 4 Saturday games. The Capitals are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in New Jersey and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
The Washington Capitals smoked the Devils in the last meeting and have won seven of the last 10 meetings against them overall. We also know it's only a matter of time before the Caps get out of this funk and starting piling up the points again. With that said, the Capitals have looked shaky over the last week and a half, and early road games can be difficult to get up for. The New Jersey Devils have been able to scratch and claw victories out lately and have won four of their last five at home. I'll take a shot with the big plus money and the Devils.