Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (13-16-5) vs Washington Capitals (23-9-4)

Game Info: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +150 / Washington Capitals -170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils meet Friday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 18 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 24 assists and John Carlson has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 25 goals on 273 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 64 goals on 691 shots.

The New Jersey Devils look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Ty Smith has 17 assists and Kyle Palmieri has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 57 goals on 642 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 30 goals on 347 shots.

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The Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Devils are 2-12 in their last 14 home games and 7-16 in their last 23 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 road games. The under is 8-3 in Devils last 11 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and 24-5 in the last 29 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Washington Capitals are on the end of a back to back, but they've proven they can win in those spots and have had some of their best success on the road as well. The New Jersey Devils have been hit or miss all season long and playing at home hasn't helped at all. The Capitals have also won all six meetings against the Devils this season, which includes outscoring them 8-3 in the last two meetings. With all that said, give me the Caps and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -1.5

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