New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 2/21/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (-360) Capitals (+300)
Ilya Samsonov and the Washington Capitals (8-4-3) play the New Jersey Devils (6-3-2) at Capital One Arena on Sunday. The line on this game has the Devils priced at -360 and the Capitals are at +300. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Devils will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3-2 win against the Bruins the last time they stepped on the ice. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 41 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 42 which means they had a Corsi rate of 49.4%. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 53.4% and they had a PDO of 108.7 for this one. New Jersey recorded 12 penalty minutes in this outing. The Devils offense didn't overly impress in this win. Their Fenwick came in at 28 and the Fenwick Against sat at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 49.1%. They tallied 19 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 28 attempts to take control of the puck. Furthermore, they had 4 opportunities with more players on the ice but weren't able to score. For the outing, they converted 3 of the 26 shots they put on net.
The Devils have had 356 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .921. When at even strength, the Devils let the opposition score 15 goals while notching 27 on the offensive side of the ice. New Jersey Devils opponents have amassed 37 power play tries (30th in pro hockey) and have a total of 13 goals in those attempts. For the year, the have a total of 14 points and their points percentage comes in at .636. New Jersey has attempted 330 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.4%. In regard to their scoring capabilities, the New Jersey Devils have accumulated 31 goals (30th in the league) on the campaign and have conceded 28. New Jersey has 32 power play opportunities and they have scored 4 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 12.50%.
The man protecting the net in this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. In his career, Blackwood has recorded 41 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .594. His save percentage currently is .918 for his 4,258 minutes played. Blackwood has had 2,302 shots against him and has gathered 2,113 saves. The opposition has been able to score 189 goals versus Blackwood in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.66. He has accumulated an overall record of 36-24-9 and he started in 69 games. Blackwood has played in 75 games throughout his pro hockey career.
In their last outing, Washington faced the Sabres in a matchup where the Capitals got the victory by a tally of 3-1. They had 1 power play attempt in this contest and tallied 1 on that try. The Capitals earned 3 goals of the 21 shots on goal they tried. They had a PDO at even strength of 106 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 54.2%. Washington wrapped up this game with a 53.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Washington had and we'd say they played an average game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.5% by compiling a Fenwick of 32 and the Sabres earning a 34 Fenwick.
Washington has put up 434 shots (23rd in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.98%, while allowing their opponents 471 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 80.00% on their opponents 50 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 89.2%. They have a total of 37 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 32.43%. The Capitals have 40 goals at even strength and 12 goals (14th in the league) while on the power play. They have allowed 51 goals to be scored by of a combination of 41 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 52 goals, 19 points, in addition to a points percentage of .633.
Across the ice you are going to see Ilya Samsonov defending the net. He has recorded 675 saves out of 742 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .910. Samsonov has accrued a career record of 17-6-3 and has played in 28 contests. He got the starting nod in 24 contests and has played 1,536 mins. Samsonov's quality start rate is 54.2% and he has accumulated 13 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. His opposition is averaging 2.62 goals per game and he has allowed 67 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (-360)
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