Devils vs Washington Capitals NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Devils vs Washington Capitals Prediction 2/20/2024

The New Jersey Devils (28-22-4) travel to face off against the Washington Capitals (24-21-8) on Tuesday, February 20th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

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The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win

Through 54 games, the Devils sit 9th in the Eastern Conference with 60 points and a record of 28-22-4. In the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey is 4th with a record of 9-7.

On the road this season, the Devils have gone 15-9-2, and as the favorite, they are 23-13-2. Over their last ten games, New Jersey has gone 5-5, and they have won two of their last three games.

On the season, the Devils have a puck line record of 20-34 and an average scoring margin of .0 goals per game. In their 38 games as the favorite, New Jersey has a puck line record of 12-26.

So far, the Devils have 16 wins by multiple goals and 17 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is 6-4.

In their recent matchup, the Devils hosted the Flyers and came away with a 6-3 victory. In all three periods, the Devils’ offense found the net against the Flyers. In the game, New Jersey managed to score all six goals at even strength. They concluded with 40 shots on goal and committed 13 turnovers.

Coming into the game favored by -1.5, New Jersey also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.

The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win

Heading into tonight’s game, the Capitals are 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-21-8. In the Metropolitan Division, Washington is 6th with a record of 11-8. Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone just 2-8. At home this season, Washington is 13-9-5.

As the underdog, the Capitals have been the favorite in just 16 of their 53 games this season. In those games, Washington is 12-2-2. Over their last three games, the Capitals have gone 1-2, and over their last five, they are 2-3.

Washington comes into this game with a puck line record of 23-30 and their average scoring margin sits at -0.7 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have 10 wins by multiple goals and 14 wins by just one goal.

As the underdog, the Capitals’ puck line record is at 19-18, and they have dropped two straight games vs. the puck line. In their last ten games at home, Washington’s puck line record is 5-5, and their average scoring margin at home is at -0.5 goals per game.

The Capitals most recently took on the Canadiens and secured a win with a score of 4-3. In the first period against the Canadiens, the Capitals scored two goals, in addition to scoring two times in the 3rd period. Of Washington’s four goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 34 shots on goal and eight giveaways.

Although Washington secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.

New Jersey Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Devils come in averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, which is 12th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. This season, the Devils are 20-10 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-11 record.

For the season, the over/under record of the Devils’ stands at 31-22-1. They have had 32 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.

Capitals Offense Breakdown

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The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game, putting them 30th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 29th in the league. Washington’s offense comes into the game ranked 30th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.

The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 22-29-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 34 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.6 per game.

New Jersey Team Defense

The Devils’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 17th in takeaways and an average of 6.7 takeaways per contest. They hold 21st place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.1 goals given up per game.

Washington Team Defense

The Capitals defense is currently 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 11th with 4 shutouts.

Devils vs Capitals Trends

  • New Jersey has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
  • Washington has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
  • Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Washington has an puck line mark of 3-2 while going 1-4 straight up.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, New Jersey has an puck line mark of 6-4 while going 7-3 straight up.

Devils vs Capitals Prediction

For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Devils are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -172, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.

My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Capitals to cover. Even if the Devils win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Capitals should cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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