New Jersey Devils (8-11-2) at Washington Capitals (14-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -200 / New Jersey Devils +170 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to build on their narrow 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 16 points coming on 6 goals and 10 assists while Jack Hughes has 13 points with 5 goals and 8 assists. Myles Wood and Ty Smith each have 11 points with 7 goals for Wood and Smith has chipped in 9 assists from the point. The goal scorer from the victory, Kyle Palmieri, and P.K. Subban each have 10 points with Palmieri logging 4 goals and 6 assists while Subban has 8 apples this season. MacKenzie Blackwood has seen the majority of the starts in goal for New Jersey, picking up 5 wins with a 2.97 GAA in 12 appearances while Scott Wedgewood’s two wins have come via shutout with a 2.33 GAA in 6 appearances this season.
The Washington Capitals will be looking to add to their 3-1 win over Philadelphia in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps with 27 points including 10 goals and 17 assists while John Carlson has 20 points with 15 assists and 60 shots on goal, which is second to Alex Ovechkin’s 79 shots on goal while also logging 8 goals and 10 assists this season. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson each have 17 points with Oshie logging 5 goals and 12 assists while Wilson has 7 goals and 10 apples but continues to sit out with his suspension. Lars Eller also has 12 points for the Caps this season. Vitek Vanacek’s made the bulk of the starts in goal for Washington, picking up 10 wins with a 2.82 GAA in 19 appearances this season.
New Jersey is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 5-23 in their last 28 Tuesday games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Washington is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games following a win. New Jersey is 5-21 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I gave a look to the plus money as realistically an upset isn’t that far-fetched considering the funny bounces the puck sometimes takes. However, Washington’s won all three meetings against the Devils this season and while New Jersey’s played considerably better on the road, their recent struggles just don’t give the plus money much value. Two of the wins this season have only come by one goal though, so rather than take a stab at the puck line, I’ll back the Caps to win this one in regulation to get the price down considerably.