New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/28/21

New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/28/21 Photo by Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (11-5-4) at New Jersey Devils (7-7-2)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils +125 / Washington Capitals -150 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils meet Sunday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 32 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with nine goals, John Carlson has 14 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 47 goals on 517 shots.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing four of their last five games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with six goals, TY Smith has nine assists and Jack Hughes has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 58.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 23 goals on 301 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 14 goals on 141 shots.

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The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games. The Devils are 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 home games. The over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 Sunday games. The under is 6-1 in Devils last 7 home games. The Capitals are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in New Jersey and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.

The Washington Capitals look like they're getting their act together with wins in five of their last seven games and they cruised in Saturday's win over the Devis. The Caps have now won seven of the last nine meetings against the Devils. The New Jersey Devils just can't get out of their own way and they've had some of their roughest performances on their home ice. I have no choice but to side with the Capitals here.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -150

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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