The Capitals welcome the New Jersey Devils to Washington, for what hopes to be a turning point for the Devils’ season. The Devils aren’t in a playoff position, but maybe a win against the Caps tonight could catapult their season? Wishful thinking I’d say for Devil fans, but getting over the .500 hump against the Capitals could do them some good on Thursday.
The Devils are pretty predictable and easy to pinpoint. Heck, I think I did a Devils article two months ago, and they were .500, another last week and they were .500. Now they’re 25-25-10 heading into Washington. I will lump them with the Winnipeg Jets as the most vanilla, average teams in the NHL.
The Caps are anything but average, they are one of the best teams in the league. That goes without saying. If you’ve paid attention at all to the NHL, you’d know that the Capitals are one of the powerhouses.
A regular season powerhouse, but this team has failed time and time again in the playoffs. Alexander Ovechkin has been in the NHL since 2005 and he has nothing to show for it in the playoffs, not even a conference championship. The regular season, though? Well, sure.
The Capitals have played at the top of the standings while winning President Trophy’s. Ovechkin also has some monster stats and plenty of individual rewards, but no Stanley Cups, no nothing out of the playoffs. And for that matter, he’s been one-upped on the international stage by Sidney Crosby as well.
Beating the Devils tonight isn’t going to prove much, but it’s March now, and we’re getting closer to when he can prove a lot in the postseason. Our pick last night didn’t play out so well, coming up a goal short of our target. But let’s aim for a winning Devils vs. Capitals pick tonight, which has been an otherwise nice run for us over the last month.
New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals Pick
The last time we left the Capitals, we hit a nice winning pick on them the other day. Let’s aim for the same result tonight. The Capitals predictably come in as heavy favourites against the Devils at home. Note that Washington are 42-13-2 overall and 25-5-0 at home. Want to find the last time they lost at home? That actually came against the Devils, in a 2-1 loss on December 29th. They haven’t lost at home since that night.
The Devils come in with a record of 12-13-4 on the road, including two straight losses to the Capitals in Washington. The Devils and Caps have played twice since the loss at home for the Capitals. In both instances, the Capitals came on top convincingly, 6-2 and 5-2. The Caps have averaged a proficient 3.70 goals per game, while allowing only 1.90 goals in their last ten games.
Meanwhile, the Devils have scored 2.50 goals and allowed 2.90. The Devils will be looking to snap out of a four-game losing streak, but I don’t think it comes tonight against the Caps. Washington should be able to make quick work of this Devils team, adding another win to their resume and cushioning their 1st place ranking just a bit more.
PICK: CAPITALS -1.5 (+100)