Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals play host to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Washington had its seven-game sportsbook betting winning streak snapped in Saturday’s 3-1 home loss against the New York Rangers. The Caps are sitting in second place in the East Division standings. New Jersey has won two straight but is mired in seventh place in the eight-team East standings.
The Caps beat the Devils 5-4 in overtime on March 9 the last time these rivals met. The NHL odds go live following Wednesday’s slate of action.
New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
When: Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBCSWA+, MSG+
Devils Desperate to Pick Up The Pace
New Jersey has won two straight and four of five after going 1-4 over its previous five games. The Devils got past Philadelphia 4-3 on Tuesday night. Michael McLeod, Kyle Palmieri, Yegor Sharangovich, and Travis Zajac all lit the lamp.
“Guys are starting to feel confident with what we are trying to do,” McLeod said. “Everyone seems like they are clicking the last couple of games.”
Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves. Ty Smith had two assists.
“When you have a guy back there like Blackie kicking like he was tonight, it gives you the confidence to play kind of free and with pace to know that he’ll be there all night,” Smith said.
New Jersey has gone 5-3-2 over its last 10 games. The Devils have gone 8-3-2 on the road. The Devils rank an uninspiring 26th in scoring (2.5 gpg) and 20th in goals allowed (3.0 gpg).
Caps Looking To Start New Streak
Washington was on the wrong end of a 3-1 score against the Rangers on Saturday. Defenseman John Carlson scored the only goal of the game for the Caps and Igor Samsonov turned back 22 shots.
Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin looked like he suffered some sort of injury in the loss. The Capitals’ captain appeared to be rolling something on the back of his right leg while sitting on the bench between shifts.
The Caps have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games. Washington ranks a stellar fourth in scoring (3.4 gpg) despite ranking just 27th in shot attempts per game (28.0). Defensively, the Capitals are ranked 17th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg). Washington has gone 10-4-2 at home this season.
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Expect Caps To Cool Off Hot Devils
Washington has gone 22-5 in the last 27 meetings against New Jersey. The Caps have also gone 13-3 in their last 26 home dates against the Devils while the favorite in this long-standing rivalry is 46-17 in the last 63 meetings.
With New Jersey playing well, I’m expecting the Devils to put up a real fight in this matchup. In the end though, I expect Washington to cool off the red-hot Devils.
Prior to their last game, Washington had limited the opposition to one goal or less in three straight. I’m expecting the Caps to come up with another solid effort to shut down New Jersey’s modest offense while winning this affair by at least two goals.