Saturday, December 31, 2016
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The Washington Capitals travel to Prudential Center to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The opening line for this game has the Capitals at -165 and the Devils at +149. The over/under has been set at 5.
Washington comes into this matchup having played 34 games. They have an overall record of 20-9-5 and on the road they have a record of 8-4-4. Currently they are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 91 goals and given up 75 goals for a point differential of +16. The Capitals have an overall record of 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 19-14 and an over/under record of 13-14-7. New Jersey shows up with a record of 14-15-7 including 9-3-2 at home this season. They are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 84 goals and surrendered 108 for a goal differential of -24. The Devils have a record of 2-7-1 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 11-22 while their over/under record sits at 13-12-11.
Marcus Johansson has accumulated 24 total points this season for the Capitals. He has 13 goals this season with 55 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 24%. He has a total of 11 assists on the season and averages 18 minutes played per game. Alex Ovechkin has averaged 19 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 12% by scoring 16 goals on 138 shots. He has 10 assists giving him a total of 26 points on the season. Braden Holtby has 15 wins and 8 losses this season in net for the Capitals. He has had 760 shots against him and has given up 55 goals. He has made 705 saves for a save percentage of 93%.
Travis Zajac has accumulated 24 total points this season for the Devils. He has 8 goals this season with 72 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 16 assists on the season and averages 20 minutes played per game. Taylor Hall has averaged 20 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 9% by scoring 8 goals on 85 shots. He has 15 assists giving him a total of 23 points on the season. Cory Schneider has 10 wins and 12 losses this season in net for the Devils. He has had 819 shots against him and has given up 79 goals. He has made 740 saves for a save percentage of 90%.
The Capitals have 45 total points this season. They have scored 91 goals while giving up 75 goals. They have had 108 power play opportunities and have scored 19 goals on those chances for a percentage of 18%. The Capitals have allowed 113 power play opportunities and given up 16 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 86%. They average 31 shots per game and as a team are shooting 8.69% for the season to this point. They allow 28 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 93%.
The Devils have a total of 35 points on the season. They have 18 power play goals on 119 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 15%. They have allowed 109 power play opportunities and have given up 19 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 83%. As a team, the Capitals have a total of 84 goals scored while they've given up 108 goals to this point. They average 28 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 8.36%. As a team they give up 32 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%.
Washington has a Corsi percentage of 53.1% as they've attempted 2,004 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,772 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 52.2% as they have 1,489 attempts while they've given up 1,362 shots on the defensive end. The Capitals start possessions in the offensive zone 54.2% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 45.8% for the season. They have 1,026 face off wins compared to 1,009 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 50.4%. On defense Washington has 700 hits and they've blocked 410 shots from the opposition.
New Jersey has attempted 1,782 shots at full strength and they've given up 2,031 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 46.7% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 46.5% as they have 1,365 shots while they've given up 1,571 attempts on defense. The Devils have an offensive zone percentage of 47.9% and their defensive zone percentage is 52.1% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 50.2% as they've compiled 1,107 face off wins this season and they have suffered 1,099 face off losses. On defense New Jersey has blocked 460 shot attempts and they have 743 hits as a unit.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
The Washington Capitals are 19-14 straight up
The Washington Capitals are 13-14-7 against the over/under
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
The New Jersey Devils are 11-22 straight up
The New Jersey Devils are 13-12-11 against the over/under
Washington Capitals Injuries
No key injuries to report
New Jersey Devils Injuries
12/29/16 LW Taylor Hall Lower Body "?" Saturday vs Washington
12/28/16 LW Vernon Fiddler Lower Body expected to miss 3-4 weeks
Guy's Pick: Take Washington -165
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