New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 3/25/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+178) Capitals (-215)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (12-14-4) head to Capital One Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Washington Capitals (20-7-4). The Capitals open this matchup at -215 while the Devils are priced at +178. The O/U opens at 6.
The Devils were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers their last time out. The Corsi for the Devils came in at 42 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 42 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.3 for this matchup. New Jersey accumulated 8 mins in the box in this game. The Devils had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the victory. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against was 29, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 50.8%. They amassed 26 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 30 attempts to win the puck. They also had 4 power play tries and scored 1 goal. In the outing, they earned a goal on 4 of the 32 shots they put on net.
New Jersey Devils opponents have recorded 89 power play opportunities (26th in the league) and have a total of 26 goals in those chances. The Devils have had 950 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .905. New Jersey has tried 893 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.4%. While playing at even strength, the Devils let the opposition score 64 goals while earning 63 when they are on offense. New Jersey has 86 power play chances and they have scored 12 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 13.95%. For the current season, the have a total of 28 points and their points percentage is .467. In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have racked up 75 goals (28th in the National Hockey League) this year and have given up 90.
The man in net for this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. The opposition has been able to score 228 goals against Blackwood in his career and his goals against rate is 2.76. Blackwood has participated in 87 contests during his professional hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .914 in his 4,957 mins in the crease. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 40-32-9 and he has gotten the start in 81 games. During his career on the ice, Blackwood is sitting with 45 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .556. Blackwood has had 2,653 shots taken against him and has amassed 2,425 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Washington faced the Rangers in a matchup where the Capitals took the defeat by a tally of 3-1. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Capitals recorded 1 goal out of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO was 90 and their percentage of oZS was 44.3%. Washington earned a 64.4% Corsi rating. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Washington had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 58.1% by compiling a Fenwick of 36 and the Rangers earning a 26 Fenwick at even strength.
On the campaign, the Washington Capitals have tallied 104 goals, 44 points, as well as a points percentage of .710. They have permitted 90 goals to be scored by way of 72 goals at even strength and 18 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Capitals have tallied 84 goals at even strength and 20 goals (15th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 78 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 25.64%. Washington has attempted 867 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 12.00%, while allowing their opponents 911 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 81.05% on the other teams 95 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 90.1%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Vitek Vanecek defending the net. Opponents are averaging 2.66 goals per game and he has yielded 57 goals overall. Vanecek's rate of quality starts sits at 54.5% and he has earned 12 quality starts in his pro career. He got the starting nod in 22 contests and has played for a total of 1,286 minutes. Vanecek holds a lifetime mark of 13-5-3 and has participated in 22 contests. He has racked up 584 saves out of 641 shots taken, giving him a rate of .911.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+178)
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