New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals

 

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The New Jersey Devils snapped a five-game losing streak when defeating the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Sunday. Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey with only 4:37 left in the final period to give New Jersey the win. Scott Wedgewood stopped each of the 40 shots he faced in goal. The Devils are 8-11-2 and have 18 points. New Jersey is 7th in the East division trailing its next closest competitor the New York Rangers by five points and the first-place New York Islanders by 16 points.

Washington was victorious on Sunday bouncing back from a loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. The Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday 3-1 as Alex Ovechkin, Nick Jensen and Dmitry Orlov each scored for the Capitals. Washington is 2nd in the East division at 14-6-4 with 32 points and two points behind the first-place New York Islanders. Washington continues to score at a solid rate of 3.21 goals per game but it’s goaltending and blue line has had their problems, allowing an average of 3.08 goals per game.

New Jersey needs help in the attack zone

New Jersey is having problems putting the puck in the net as the Devils are scoring an average of only 2.43 goals-per-game and the power-play unit has been nearly non-existent scoring only 12.9% of the time with the man advantage. The leading goal scorer for New Jersey is Miles Wood with seven, while Pavel Zacha has scored 6 goals. Zacha is the leader in assists with 10, while Ty Smith has nine assists. Zacha leads the Devils in overall points with 16 followed by Jack Hughes with 13. New Jersey has scored only 8 goals on the power play.

New Jersey’s blue line and goaltenders are allowing an average of 3.05 goals per game. In net, Scott Wedgewood, who is coming off a shutout, is 2-3-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Wedgewood has posted two shutouts in just six appearances this season and has allowed only 14 goals in his six times in net. The penalty kill unit for New Jersey has not played up to par as the Devils are holding opponents scoreless only 65.1% of the time when shorthanded.

Injury Report: Nico Hischier is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Washington’s key to success is Scoring

The Washington Capitals are scoring an average of 3.21 goals per game. The Capitals are led in goal scoring by Nicklas Backstrom with 10, while Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin have each scored eight. Backstrom is the team leader in assists with 17, while John Carlson has 15. Backstrom is the team leader in overall points with 27 while Carlson has 20 and Ovechkin has 18. The Washington power play has scored 16 goals and is scoring at a rate of 26.2% of the time with the man advantage.

Washington is allowing an average of 3.08 goals per game and the penalty kill unit is holding opponents scoreless 82.1% of the time when shorthanded. Vitek Vanecek is 10-5-2 with a 2.82 goals-against average in .906 save percentage. Vanecek has allowed 52 goals in 19 appearances in net for the Capitals. Vanecek has appeared in 19 games, while Ilya Samsonov has appeared in goal only five times due to injuries.

Injury Report: Michal Kempny is out until early May, while Beck Malenstyn is out until early July. Brian Pinho is out indefinitely, while Tom Wilson is suspended until March 20.

The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Washington is battling for first place in the East division with the New York Islanders, while the New Jersey Devils are fighting to stay out of the cellar in the division. The Capitals have won five of their last six overall and are using a strong offensive attack that is scoring an average of 3.21 goals-per-game. New Jersey on the other hand has had major problems putting the puck in the net as the Devils are scoring an average of only 2.43 goals-per-game and the New Jersey blue line and goaltending is giving up an average of 3.05 goals per game. Head-to-head, Washington has dominated New Jersey winning seven of the last eight on its home ice against the Devils and 21 of the last 26 overall against New Jersey.

Prediction:
Washington Capitals -199

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

With Washington scoring an average of 3.21 goals per game and the New Jersey blue line allowing an average of 3.05 goals per game, the odds are high the total will finish over. The total has finished over in five of the last seven games played between these two East division rivals on Washington’s home ice. New Jersey has seen the total finish over in five of its last seven games on the road.

Prediction:
OVER 6