New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (35-20-10) vs New Jersey Devils (23-36-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -217 / New Jersey Devils +174 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the New Jersey Devils in Saturday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 23-36-5. Through 64 games, the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 197 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 29th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.58 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 35-20-10. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 65 games, the Capitals have scored 216 goals, giving them an average of 3.26. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.82 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Washington's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 64 games, the New Jersey Devils' leading goal scorer is Jack Hughes. With his 29 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 50. On the season, he is turning 13.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Devils have benefited from the strong play of Jesper Bratt, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New Jersey's 64 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 2.0. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Through 63 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 76 points. He has reached his mark of 40 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 41 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 30% percent of the time.

In New Jersey's 64 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-25-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-10-1. On the season, 62.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. In Washington's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-28-1. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-13-1. On the season, 60.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Look for this to be a high-scoring affair, surpassing the betting line of 6 goals.

 

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