New Jersey Devils (29-23-7) at Washington Capitals (42-10-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 20, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -250 / New Jersey Devils +200 --- Over/Under:
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The Devils look to get back in the win column after getting shutout at home by the Islanders last night as they head into DC to take on the league’s top team.
The New Jersey Devils missed a great opportunity to close the gap on some of the top teams in the East on Friday night as they were blanked by a 1-0 final against their main competition for the final playoff spot in the Metro as their offense continues to sputter down the stretch. The Devils don’t have a ton of fire power in the offensive zone and rely too heavily on their defense and goaltending to bail them out but against good teams playing desperate hockey that simply isn’t good enough and now they play in a back to back with a potential spot start from Keith Kinkaid against the league’s best team. The Devils take to the road to face a Washington side that is 15 points clear of top spot in the East and seven clear of the top spot and is looking to wrap up the President’s Trophy.
The Capitals are on a mission this season and nobody seems to be able to figure out a way to stop them as they hold on to a 42-10-4 record through their first 56 games and are on pace for a record setting season in the American capital. Washington is also an astounding +59 in goal differential this season which eclipses the Chicago mark by 26 which is absolutely mind boggling that they have been so effective in both ends of the rink and represent the biggest threat to win the Stanley Cup this season. Washington has been in this position before though and while they may not have had this level of success they have been a Cup favourite and fallen flat before so until we see them rip through a few playoff rounds we will reserve buying in too much. However, in this spot against a Devils side who can’t score as it is and is playing in a back to back with the potential of seeing Kinkaid? Yikes.