The New Jersey Devils, fueled by Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier, are ready to take the ice against John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in a Metropolitan Division matchup. This one gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11 and it can be viewed live on NBC Sports Washington.
New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals Odds
Washington comes into the contest as the noticeable favorite with a moneyline of -250. The line for the Devils now stands at +210. The Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals and initially opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Those odds have moved since they opened, and they now sit at -105 for the over, -115 for the under.
Washington is 30-15 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.4 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked first in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 48-34 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Among its 45 games this season, 29 have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team is 13-8 SU at home.
The Capitals have converted on 21.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all penalties.
Boasting a .901 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Braden Holtby (18-13-4) has been the top option in goal for the Caps this year. If Washington decides to give him the evening off, however, it might roll with Ilya Samsonov (12-4-4 record, .921 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).
In the other locker room, New Jersey is 15-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 43 regular season contests, 24 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. The Devils are 9-12 SU as the road team this season.
The Devils have converted on just 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
MacKenzie Blackwood (26.5 saves per game) has been the main choice in goal for New Jersey. Blackwood owns a 14-20-6 record, while registering a .905 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average this year.
New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under
- The Capitals are 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Devils are 2-4 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the game went over the total in four of their past five outings.
- Five of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- The Caps this season have recorded the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (24.0).