New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals - 2/21/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (8-5-3) vs New Jersey Devils (6-4-2)
Game Info: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -165 / New Jersey Devils +145 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for a win after splitting their first 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with five goals, Ty Smith has six assists and P.K. Subban has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 64.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed eight goals on 154 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 14 goals on 141 shots.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 32.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with eight goals, John Carlson has eight assists and Alex Ovechkin has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 37 goals on 405 shots.
The Devils are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Devils last 7 road games. The over is 9-4 in Capitals last 13 overall. The Devils are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils haven't had a great deal of success against the Capitals over the years, but they've played some of their best hockey on the road and have played the better hockey overall these last couple of weeks. As talented as the Washington Capitals are and their reputation gives them some benefit of the doubt, the bottom line is they haven't played great for stretches this season and their defense is still questionable at best. I'll take a shot with the Devils and the plus money.