Washington Capitals (10-5-4) at New Jersey Devils (7-6-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +115 / Washington Capitals -135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 9 goals and 15 assists for his 24 points while John Carlson’s got 17 points with 5 goals and 12 helpers while Alex Ovechkin, who is questionable for this game, has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson each have 14 points with 5 goals and 9 assists coming for Oshie and Wilson logging 7 goals and 7 assists. Jakub Vrana has 11 points with 5 goals and 6 helpers as well for the Caps. Vitek Vanacek continues to start in goal for the Capitals, going 8-6 with a 2.86 GAA in 16 appearances.
The New Jersey Devils will be looking to build off of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha ha a team-high 12 goals with 5 goals and 7 assists while Jack Hughes has 11 points with 4 goals and 7 helpers and Ty Smith’s got 10 points with 8 assists on the year. Myles Wood and Kyle Palmieri each have 9 points with Wood logging 6 goals with 3 assists and Palmieri flipping those stats with 3 goals and 6 helpers. MacKenzie Blackwood continues to see the majority of starts in goal for New Jersey with a 5-2 record and a 2.34 GAA for the Devils this season.
Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-15 in their last 20 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on one days’ rest. New Jersey is 31-64 in their last 95 games as a home underdog and 24-59 in their last 83 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Washington is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between the two in New Jersey.
Good luck attempting to find a legitimate edge in this game, as it’s almost been win one lose one on both sides, and the two had an exciting back and forth game in the first meeting between the two in the first meeting. Ovechkin being questionable is a big key to this game, but I expect the goaltending to rule the day here, so I’ll give the edge to the under as the side is too close to call.