New Jersey Devils (12-15-4) at Washington Capitals (21-7-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -186 / New Jersey Devils +169 --- Over/Under: 6 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 Friday night.
The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to the Caps last time out. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 19 points including 7 goals and 12 assists while Ty Smith has 18 points with a team-high 16 assists this season. Jesper Bratt, Janne Kuokkanen and Jack Hughes each have 16 points with Bratt logging 13 assists while Kuokkanen has 11 apples and Hughes has 7 goals. Myles Wood also has a team-high 10 goals this season for the Devils. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals on 29.8 shots per game with a 14% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 31.7 shots with a 70.8% success rate on the PK.
The Washington Capitals will look to add to their win over the Devils last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 34 points including 12 goals and a team-high 22 assists while John Carlson’s on 28 points with 21 assists. Alex Ovechkin has 27 points with a team-high 15 goals while Jakub Vrana has 21 points with a double-digit tally in goals and 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 PP while giving up 2.9 goals on 29.4 shots with an 81.1% kill rate on the PK this season.
New Jersey is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games on no rest. Washington is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games on no rest. The favorite is 46-17 in the last 63 meetings between the two teams.
I won’t lie, I had a wager on the Caps -1.5 as well and they just couldn’t seem to really distance themselves from the Devils in Thursday’s game. I think we see another back and forth game here, but I’m expecting there to be tired legs on the back-to-back and I think we see a battle here so give me the under in this one.