Devils vs Capitals Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/11/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+222) Capitals (-250)
Capital One Arena is the venue where Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (30-10-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) will play the New Jersey Devils (15-21-7, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The Capitals open this contest at -250 while the Devils are priced at +222. The total has been set at 6.5. The Devils cover 31.7% of the time, having gone 13-28 SU. Washington is covering 64.3% of the time, going 27-15 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils step onto the ice with a record of 15 wins and 21 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 110 goals which is good for 15th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -40, putting them at 30th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 37 pts, which is good for 30th in the league and 15th in the East. When talking about shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,359 which is good for 11th in the conference and 21st in the league. As a group, New Jersey has compiled a total of 811 hits which means they have an average of 18.9 per game. They currently have a total of 532 blocks for this season. The man looking after the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 1,921 mins defending the goal for the year. Blackwood is giving up an average of 2.97 goals against average which places him at 17th among East goaltenders and 37th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he has allowed 95 goals. He's earned a save % of .905 which places him at 18th among East goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 3 defeat against the New York Rangers in their previous contest. The Devils had an average offensive output in this defeat. For this matchup, they earned a goal on 3 of the 49 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. New Jersey earned 12 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 63 and the Corsi against was 56 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 52.9%. Their Fenwick was 47 and the Fenwick against was 42, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.8%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 54.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 91.9 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Rangers racked up a total of 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they earned 5 power play attempts.
The Capitals will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 30 victories and 10 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the East and 4th in the NHL with +29. They have compiled a total of 160 goals for the season which puts them at 2nd in the conference. Washington has a save percentage as a team of .903 which has them 16th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 11.1% which is good for 3rd in the East. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a rough season by giving up 2.99 goals per game and that places him 18th in the East and 38th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,785 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has given up 89 goals. He holds a save % of .901, which has him ranked 21st in the East and 44th in the NHL among goalies.
The Washington Capitals went up against the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Capitals ended up losing by a tally of 3 - 2. While out there on the ice, Washington wound up with a 46.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 38 and their opponent having a Corsi of 43. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 45.3% by notching a Fenwick of 29 and the Flyers earning a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 101.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 44.4%. The Capitals converted 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play attempts in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Flyers had 2 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Washington gave up 27 shots on goal and the Flyers racked up 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+222)
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