Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 4/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-182) Devils (+135)
Prudential Center is the venue where Mackenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (13-16-6) will play the Washington Capitals (24-9-4) on Sunday. The Capitals open this matchup at -182 while the Devils are priced at +135. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Capitals came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 2-1 win over the Devils their last time out. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 53 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 50 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 51.5%. Their offensive zone starts sat at 61.0% and they had a PDO of 101.7 in this one. Washington recorded 4 mins in the box for this contest. The Capitals offense left a lot to be desired in this win. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against finished at 36, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 53.2%. They accumulated 27 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to take control of the puck. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. For the game, they netted 2 out of the 40 shots they looked to score on.
The Capitals have had 1,062 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .895. When playing at even strength, the Capitals have given up 91 goals while getting 103 as an offensive unit. Washington Capitals opponents have tallied 111 power play opportunities (15th in professional hockey) and have a total of 20 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have racked up 52 points and their points percentage is sitting at .703. Washington has taken 1,036 shots and has a shot percentage of 12.1%. When discussing their scoring, the Washington Capitals have notched 125 goals (3rd in the league) on the season and have given up 111. Washington has compiled 91 power play chances and they have added 22 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 24.18%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Ilya Samsonov. During his career on the ice, Samsonov has recorded 18 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .545. His save percentage sits at .908 in his 2,082 minutes in the crease. Samsonov has seen 986 shots against him and has garnered 895 total saves. Opponents have tallied 91 goals against Samsonov in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.62. He has earned a win-loss mark of 24-8-3 and he started in 33 games. Samsonov has been in net for 38 games throughout his hockey career.
In their loss to Washington, New Jersey had 2 attempts on the power play in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Devils earned 1 goal of the 23 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO was 98 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.0%. New Jersey earned a 48.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New Jersey played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.8% by amassing a Fenwick of 36 and the Capitals having a 41 Fenwick at even strength.
The Devils have 71 goals at even strength and 13 goals (28th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. New Jersey has attempted 1,028 shots (26th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 8.17%, while allowing the other team 1,131 shots. For the year, the New Jersey Devils have notched a total of 84 goals, 32 points, and a points percentage of .457. They have a tally of 101 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 12.87%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 73.27% on their oppositions 101 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.8%. They have allowed 104 goals to be scored by way of 77 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Mackenzie Blackwood in net. Blackwood has earned a lifetime record of 41-33-11 and has been in goal for 91 games. Blackwood's percentage of quality starts comes out to 56.5% and he has earned 48 quality starts in his NHL career. He has recorded 2,565 saves out of the 2,803 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .915. The opposition is averaging 2.74 goals per game and he has allowed 238 goals overall. He has started in 85 games and his ice time sits at 5,204 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+135)
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