Washington Capitals (2-0-1) at New Jersey Devils (1-0-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -112 / Washington Capitals -117 --- Over/Under:
The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils meet Thursday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Washington Capitals have earned points in all three games this season and take to the road for the second time. The Washington Capitals are averaging 6.5 goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. T.J. Oshie leads Washington with three goals, Nicklas Backstrom has four assists and John Carlson has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up seven goals on 66 shots faced. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The New Jersey Devils look for another victory to start a season with two wins back-to-back years. The New Jersey Devils are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Zajac leads New Jersey with two goals, Miles Wood has two assists and Taylor Hall has four shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing two goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Keith Kinkaid has given up two goals on 19 shots faced. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Capitals are 17-5 in their last 22 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 9-27 in their last 36 Thursday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in New Jersey, 14-3 in the last 17 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils played very well in their season opener, have been solid at home dating back to last year and are catching the Washington Capitals on the end of a back to back. If there was ever a time for the Devils to earn a rare win over the Capitals and make an early statement victory, it would probably be here. The Capitals are the play based on the history between these two clubs, but I'll give the Devils a look.