Washington Capitals (24-9-4) at New Jersey Devils (13-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +149 / Washington Capitals -165 --- Over/Under: 6 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 Sudnay afternoon.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on a 2-1 overtime win over the Devils in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 38 points including 13 goals and a team-high 25 assists while John Carlson’s on 32 points with 10 goals and 22 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 31 points with a team-high 18 goals and 13 assists. T.J. Oshie has 26 points with 10 goals and 16 assists and Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each have 23 points with double-digit assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 27.7 shots with a 24.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.1 goals on 28.9 shots with an 81.7% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The New Jersey Devils will look to rebound from the loss to Washington last time out. Pavel Zacha and Ty Smith each have a team-high 19 points with Smith logging a team-high 17 assists while Jesper Bratt has 18 points with 15 assists. Kyle Palmieri has 17 points with 8 goals and 9 apples while Janne Kuokkanen and Jack Huges each have 16 points and Myles Wood has a team-high 11 goals. 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 per game with a 72.7% success rate on the PK this season.
Washington is 14-2 in their last 16 games as a favorite and 16-5 in their last 21 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a road favorite. New Jersey is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 15-36 in their last 51 games as a home underdog while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 home games. Washington is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
A home dog is usually worth a look no matter the situation, but realistically, New Jersey hasn’t been playing well enough at home to warrant taking a shot with them here on the money line. Washington got the win on Friday and I think that the Caps laying the -1.5 on the puck line here is worth the risk here as I think the Caps put their foot down in this one.