Devils vs Capitals Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+269) Capitals (-305)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (17-22-7, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) go to Capital One Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (31-11-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this contest has the Devils priced at +269 and the Capitals are at -305. The total is set at 6.5. The Devils are covering 34.1% of the time, having gone 15-29 SU. The Capitals are covering 63.6% of the time, going 28-16 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils step onto the ice with a record of 17 wins and 22 losses, putting them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 122 goals which ranks 15th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. Their goal differential is -37, putting them at 30th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 41 pts, which ranks 27th in the league and 14th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,430 which ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in the league. As a group, New Jersey has obtained a total of 858 hits which has them averaging 18.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 563 blocks for the season. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,921 mins protecting the net this season. Blackwood is allowing an average of 2.97 GAA which has him sitting 18th among East goalies and 38th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has given up 95 goals. His save percentage is .905 which has him sitting 19th among East goalies.
The New Jersey Devils will look for better times on the ice after their 7 - 4 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous game. The Devils had a impressive offensive outing in the defeat. For this outing, they scored on 4 of the 29 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 4 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those opportunities. New Jersey ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Devils was 50 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 55.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 33, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 71.8% and they had a PDO of 92.2 for this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs put up 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 penalty mins and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Capitals are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 31 victories and 11 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL with +27. They currently have a total of 163 goals for the season which is good for 4th in the East. Washington has a team save percentage of .903 which currently has them ranked 16th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.9% ranking them 4th in the East. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.02 GAA and that has him 21st in the Eastern Conference and 44th in the NHL. In the 1,845 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's given up 93 goals. His save percentage is .899, which ranks him 24th in the Eastern Conference and 49th in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals opposed the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where the Capitals ended up with the win by a score of 2 - 0. In their game, Washington went home with a 57.5% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 46 and their opponent having a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate was 62.7% by earning a Fenwick of 37 and the Hurricanes ending the game with a 22 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Washington had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.6 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.4%. The Capitals converted 2 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they tried. They had 6 power play attempts in this game and converted 1 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Hurricanes had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Washington gave up 23 shots on goal and the Hurricanes racked up a total of 12 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+269)
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