In their fourth and final head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals collide at Capital One Arena in a divisional showdown. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7, and it will be showcased live on NBC Sports Washington.
New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals Odds
Washington (-135) is currently the favorite over New Jersey (+115) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -105 for the over and -115 on the under.
Washington is 48-33 straight up (SU) and has earned 9.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked first in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, is a slide from what the team recorded during last years regular season (55-27). Through 81 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the teams 27-13 SU at home.
The Capitals have converted on 22.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
The Capitals, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Boasting a .908 save percentage and 27.8 saves per game, Braden Holtby (33-20-4) has been the best goalkeeper for Washington this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to give him a rest, however, Washington might roll with Philipp Grubauer (15-20-20 record, .923 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average).
The Caps will continue to rely on offensive production via Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin (85 points) is up to 47 goals and 38 assists and has recorded multiple points in 23 different games this year. Kuznetsov has 27 goals and 55 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 48 contests.
On the other bench, New Jersey is 44-37 straight up (SU) and has earned 13.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. A total of 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Devils are 21-19 SU.
The Devils have converted on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.
New Jersey’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, and 2.9 per game over their last ten contests. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cory Schneider (.909 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Schneider is averaging 28.0 saves per game and has 18 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Devils will be Taylor Hall, who’s got 39 goals and 54 assists this season.
New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under
- A majority (58.3 percent) of Washington’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the teams 28-20 overall in such games. 19 of New Jersey’s 44 wins (43.2 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
- New Jersey has allowed 3.0 goals per game overall this season, but has gotten that figure down 1.8 per match up over their four-game winning streak.
- Penalties and power plays may prove to be key in this matchup. The Devils are 13-21 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 25-28 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Capitals are 15-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 27-17 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- Washington is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 5-4 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Washington’s last five outings.
- Washington has averaged 11.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 10.8 giveaways per game (ranked 26th in the league).
- New Jersey skaters have averaged 6.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.0 giveaways per game (the seventh-fewest in the league).