Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 2/27/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-167) Devils (+138)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (7-6-2) play the Washington Capitals (10-5-4) at Prudential Center on Saturday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Capitals priced at -167 and the Devils are at +138. The total is set at 6.5.
The Capitals were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5-2 win over the Penguins their last time out. The offensive zone starts for them were at 66.7% and their PDO rating was 108.6 for this one. They recorded 27 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 19 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 41 and the Fenwick against finished at 34, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.7%. The Corsi for the Capitals came in at 57 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 37 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 60.6%. Washington accumulated 6 minutes in the box in this game. They also had 3 attempts on the power play and were able to score 1 goal. The Capitals had a impressive offensive output in the victory. For the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 5 of the 35 shots they looked to score on.
When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have earned 64 goals (6th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have given up 63. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 24 points and their points percentage is .632. Washington comes into the game with 50 power play chances and they have notched 16 goals out of those attempts, earning them a rate of 32%. When playing at even strength, the Capitals have surrendered 50 goals while earning 48 on offense. Washington has tried 559 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.5%. The Capitals have had 586 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .892. Washington Capitals opponents have tallied 64 power play opportunities (11th in pro hockey) and have come away with 13 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Vitek Vanecek. Throughout his time in hockey, Vanecek has earned 8 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .500. He has a save percentage of .909 in his 945 minutes in the crease. Vanecek has had 493 shots taken against him and has accrued 448 total saves. The opposition has scored 45 goals versus Vanecek in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.86. He has accumulated a record of 8-4-3 and he started in 16 games. Vanecek has taken the ice for 16 contests over the course of his hockey career.
Their last time out, New Jersey played the Sabres in a game where the Devils ended up with the victory by a tally of 4-3. New Jersey had a 60.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New Jersey played and they looked good in this game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 58.1% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Sabres having accrued a 31 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 105 and they earned an oZS percentage of 37.5%. The Devils recorded 4 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this contest and scored 1 out of those chances.
New Jersey has put up 465 shots (29th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.82%, while allowing the opposition 495 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 58.33% on the other teams 48 chances on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.5%. They have earned 44 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 15.91%. The Devils have accumulated 34 goals at even strength and 7 goals (28th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 42 goals to be scored by of a combination of 22 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they were shorthanded. For the year, the New Jersey Devils are sitting with 41 goals, 16 points, as well as a points percentage of .533.
Across the ice you are expected to see Mackenzie Blackwood defending the net. Blackwood is sitting with a career record of 37-26-9 and has been in net for 78 contests. Blackwood's quality start percentage sits at 58.3% and he has 42 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He is sitting with 2,201 saves out of the 2,399 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .917. The opposition is averaging 2.68 goals per contest and he has relinquished 198 goals altogether. He has been a starter 72 contests and his ice time sits at 4,436 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+138)
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