Washington Capitals (23-9-4) at New Jersey Devils (13-16-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +150 / Washington Capitals -170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Friday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to bounce back from an 8-4 loss to the New York Islanders in their last outing. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 38 points including 13 goals and a team-high 25 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 31 points with a team-high 18 goals and 13 assists. John Carlson also has 31 points with 22 assists while T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana each have 10 goals with double-digit assists and Tom Wilson has 9 goals with 14 assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 27.7 shots with a 25% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 28.9 shots with an 81.3% success rate killing off PKs this season.
The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Boston last time out. Pavel Zacha and Ty Smith each have 19 points with Zacha logging 7 goals with 12 assists while Smith has a team-high 17 assists. Jesper Bratt has 18 points with 15 apples and Kyle Palmieri has 17 points with 8 goals and 9 assists. Janne Kuokkanen and Jack Hughes each have 16 points with Kuokkanen logging 11 assists and Hughes adding 7 goals and 9 assists. Myles Wood also has a team-high 11 goals this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.4 goals on 29.6 shots with a 13.1% success rate on the PP while allowing 3 goals on 32.1 shots with a 72.7% success rate on the PK this season.
Washington is 17-5 in their last 22 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games on no rest. New Jersey is 7-16 in their last 23 overall and 15-40 in their last 55 Friday games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for New Jersey here as the Devils have played the Capitals tight and have a rest advantage over Washington. On the other hand, Washington is the better team side-by-side. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as I’m expecting both sides to have their fair share of scoring here and I just think that it’s a back and forth affair in this one.