Washington vs New Jersey
NHL regular season continue today with this short card of only five games. I particularly like this one in Washington between the Caps and NJ Devils.
So, after long break I'm back and no better opportunity to srart with a win than betting on the defending champion.
The home team wasn't so great in this season. Probably expected after amazing success season ago. Still, now it seems they are on the right track again after winning last six straight games and reaching 14-10 overall record. Capitals' recent succes worth even more if we know it was achieved without some of their best players like Kuznetsov and Oshie. But the captain Alexander Ovechkin is doing his thing as usual, he leads this team. Ovechkin is again team's leading scorer but far from he is only pure scorer. Namely, Ovechkin is tied best Capitals' players in points.
I believe recent great run for Washington will continue today. Simply New Jersey is nowhere close to last season when they competed in the playoffs. This time the Devils are struggling a lot. They are 9-14 overall and only 1-5 in last six. On the road their numbers are even worst, 2-10. Note that even nine of those ten road losses for Devils were in the regulation. So, New Jersey was everything but a real threat when playing away from home.
Hopefully Braden Holtby will start for Washington. He was very good lately. Holtby has allowed only one goal on 33 shots in previous game and he also stopped 122 out of 126 shots during 4-0 run.
Unfortunately it won't be Cory Schneider on the goal for NJ but it will be Keith Kinkaid. Schneider is still without win but no matter, Kinkaid wasn't too good either. Still, he didn't allow the single goal when met the Capitals in the first meeting (6-0 home win for NJ). But that was early in the season, now in game played in Washington and when Caps are red hot, I think we'll see completely different scenario. Also the mentioned 6-0 loss is great reason to expect additional motivation for Capitals in term of a revenge.
Washington vs New Jersey prediction
|Washington -0.5 regulation||Pinnacle||2.03||10||6-3 WON (+10.3 units)|