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
The Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals will be out to build on their 5-2 win over the Devils from Saturday’s matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 9 goals and 15 assists for his 24 points while John Carlson has 19 points with 5 goals and 14 assists. Alex Ovechkin has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists and Tom Wilson’s added 15 points with 7 goals and 8 helpers. T.J. Oshie’s got 14 points with 5 goals and 9 assists and Jakub Vrana has 12 points split between 6 goals and 6 helpers. Lard Eller also has 10 points to make up all of the double-digit point getters for Washington so far this season. Vitek Vanacek continues to start in goal for Washington, going 9-6 with a 2.81 GAA in 17 appearances.
The New Jersey Devils will look to avenge Saturday’s loss after falling to the Capitals in disappointing fashion. Pavel Zacha has 13 points with 6 goals and 7 assists while Jack Hughes has 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists and Ty Smith’s got 11 points with a team-high 9 assists on the year. Myles Wood and Kyle Palmieri each have 9 points with Wood logging 6 goals and 3 apples and Palmieri flipping the stats with 3 goals and 6 helpers. MacKenzie Blackwood’s got 5 wins in 9 appearances with a 2.52 GAA while Scott Wedgewood has a shutout and a 2.80 GAA in goal for the Devils on the year.
Washington is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 6-15 in their last 21 games following a win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games. New Jersey is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3+ goals and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Washington is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the plus money with the Devils is tempting at home, but the fact here is that the Capitals are just the team playing better hockey right now and are more consistent between the two sides across the board. I just don’t know what else to say that hasn’t already been said about the Devils to this point in terms of potential and the young group, but sometimes it’s just about being the better team and I think that’s what Washington is here. I’ll lay the juice with the Caps in this one.