New Jersey Devils (9-10-4) at Washington Capitals (14-7-3)
|Date & Time||Friday November 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -175 / New Jersey Devils +145 --- Over/Under: 6
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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 be out to snap a 3-game losing streak following a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers in their last outing. The game was a scoreless stalemate through 20 minutes before the Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead just after the 6:00 mark thanks to goals from Miles Wood and Blake Coleman, however the lead lasted less than six minutes as Florida sent the game to the 3rd period with a 2-2 score. Jesper Bratt helped Jersey re-take the lead just after the midway point of the final period, and the Devils almost held on but Florida would tie the game again with 1:29 to go, and would steal the extra point in overtime 1:28 into the extra frame. Keith Kinkaid took the OT Loss, falling to 9-5-4 this season after allowing 4 goals on 34 shots in the losing effort.
The Washington Capitals will look to add another notch to their current 6-game winning streak after a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders in their last outing. The Islanders would jump ahead 1-0 just :36 into the game but that lasted all of 2:14 as Tom Wilson would tie the game for the Caps, giving us a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play. Nic Dowd would give Washington a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes and Wilson would strike once more in the 3rd before Alex Ovechkin would ice the game for Washington with an empty netter in the waning moments of the 3rd, giving us the 4-1 final. Braden Holtby got the win to improve to 9-5-2 this season after stopping 32 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort.
New Jersey is 5-16 in their last 21 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference. Washington is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 103-46 in their last 149 home games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games following a win. New Jersey is 3-13 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
This is in my opinion one of the easier picks on Friday’s NHL card. New Jersey’s road struggles from last year have clearly carried over to this season as the Devils have won just 2 of their 12 games away from home this season and now have to go to Washington where they’ve had barely any success over the last few seasons. No thanks. The Capitals are hot right now and I’ll back Washington to make it 7 wins in a row with a victory here.