New Jersey Devils (12-14-4) at Washington Capitals (20-7-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -210 / New Jersey Devils +183 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals square off in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to build on their 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 18 points coming on 7 goals and 11 assists while Ty Smith has 17 points with a team-high 15 assists this season. Jack Hughes also has 15 points with 7 goals while Jesper Bratt has 13 assists. Myles Wood leads the Devils in the goal department with 9 markers this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.4 goals on 29.7 shots per game with a 13.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 31.6 shots per game against with a 70.9% success rate on the PK this season.
The Washington Capitals will try to rebound from a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 34 points including 12 goals and a team-high 22 assists while John Carlson has 27 points with 20 assists this season. Alex Ovechkin has 25 points with a team-high 14 goals and 11 assists and Jakub Vrana’s on 21 points with 10 goals and 11 assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 28 shots per game with a 25.6% success rate on the power play while giving up 2.9 goals on 29.4 shots per game with an 81.1% success rate defending the penalty kill this season.
New Jersey is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 27-67 in their last 94 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Washington is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 7-1 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. The favorite is 46-17 in the last 63 meetings between these two teams.
New Jersey and the plus money is worth a look given that the Devils tend to play better on the road than at home for whatever reason. However, the Capitals are simply the better team playing better hockey overall lately and the Devils aren’t a team I’d want to back to be the ones to step in from of Washington. I’ll side with the Capitals at home here.