The New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Hughes leads New Jersey with 43 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 52 assists and Nico Hischier has 253 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has allowed 119 goals on 1,333 shots faced, and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 56 goals on 552 shots.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 42 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 43 assists and Conor Sheary has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 149 goals on 1,640 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 86 goals on 853 shots.
The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 4-11 in their last 15 home games and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Devils last 6 road games. The over is 12-3 in Capitals last 15 overall. The Devils are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 43-14 in the last 57 meetings.
The Washington Capitals look like an aging team that's run out of gas and now has nothing left to play for at this point. The New Jersey Devils have played some of their best hockey on the road this season, and they're still playing for seeding. The price is more than reasonable. Give me the Devils and the cheap price.