New Jersey Devils (25-25-12) at Washington Capitals (42-13-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 2, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -260 / New Jersey Devils +231 --- Over/Under: 5
The Verizon Center will be electric when the Washington Capitals welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for an NHL hockey tilt on Thursday.
The Montreal Canadiens showed plenty of resiliency and grit as they rallied late and defeated the hometown New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on Monday. Alex Galchenyuk scored at 2:54 of the extra session with the man advantage to complete a Habs comeback from a pair of two goal deficits. The Canadiens received goals from Alexander Radulov and two from Max Pacioretty to make Al Montoya a winner with 34 saves as the Habs cling to the Atlantic lead. The Devils scoring came from John Moore, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac with 29 saves by Corey Schneider ending up in the loss column as the team failed to hold on to 2-0 and 3-1 leads.
The Washington Capitals didn’t come out of there week bye playing like the best team in the NHL, but they seem to be finding the groove after rallying past the New York Rangers for a 4-1 victory on Tuesday. Marcus Johansson tallied twice with Nicklas Backstrom and Brett Connolly also finding the back of the net. Matt Niskanen and Evgeny Kuznetov added two assists apiece to give Braden Holtby and his 29 stops the win after the Capitals fell behind 1-0 early. The Rangers lone goal came off the stick of Brady Skjei in the opening frame but Henrik Lundqvist absorbed the loss despite a 34 save performance.
The over is 4-0-1 in Devils last 5 road games and the over is 4-0-2 in Devils last 6 vs. Metropolitan while the Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 3-0-2 in Capitals last 5 vs. Metropolitan and the over is 2-0-2 in Capitals last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 while the under is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the Devils are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings while the Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
The numbers support the Capitals although the juice might be high and that would be my lean pending goalies…