Tonight on the ice, a pair of Metro Division foes will square off as the Washington Capitals grapple with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Capitals enter this game off a 4-3 road win over Carolina, while the Devils are off a 4-1 road win over the Islanders. Goalie Probables: The Capitals will be sending out Braden Holtby and the Devils will counter with Keith Kinkaid.
Lines: Washington -120/New Jersey +100
Capitals Get Revenge On Carolina
Before their mini-break, the Washington Capitals took on the Carolina Hurricanes in a home-and-home series and the teams split the two games. The Hurricanes won the game in Washington by a score of 3-1 and the capitals got revenge the next night with a 4-3 win in Carolina. The Capitals have now gone 6-1 in their last seven games and they have a five-point lead over the Devils for first place in the Metro Division. This is a team that is playing very well at the moment, but the Devils are a dangerous team, so they have to be careful here. Scoring in the win over the Hurricanes was Lars Eller, which was his 4th in as many days and his 9th of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 28th, Brett Connolly, which was his 10th and Jay Beagle, which was his 5th. The Capitals have gone 10-11 on the road for the year and have averaged 2.86 gpg and have allowed 3.43 gpg in those games. Grabbing the win against the Hurricanes was Philipp Grubauer, who stopped 36 of the 39 shots that he faced to move to 4-8 with a 2.60 GAA and a .916 save percentage on the year. Braden Holtby will be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 24-9 with a 2.66 GAA and a .919 save percentage on the year, including 9-4 with a 3.57 GAA and a .893 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 98-60 with a 2.56 GAA on the road and 154-81 with a 2.24 GAA against the Eastern Conference, while against the Devils he has gone 14-5 with a 1.83 GAA.
The Capitals come into this game ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.04 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (29.0 spg) and 13th in power play conversions, converting on 19.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.80 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (32.3 spg) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.9% of their chances.
Devils Top Islanders To End Skid
The New Jersey Devils have really been struggling of late and they entered their game against the Islanders on Tuesday night having lost their last six games in a row. Well, that skid is now over after topping the Islanders on the road by a score of 4-1. Despite their recent struggles, the Devils are still in 2nd place in the Metro Division and just five points out of first. A win in this game would help them close the gap even more. The Devils had allowed 24 goals during their skid, so to give up just one goal against the 3rd best offense in the league was huge for them. Grabbing the win in the game was Keith Kinkaid, who stopped 25 of the 26 shots that he faced to improve to 6-5 with a 3.10 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 1-1 with a 3.07 GAA and a .883 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 13-15 with a 2.54 GAA in his home games and 1-3 with a 4.23 GAA against the Capitals. Scoring in the game was Kyle Palmieri, which was his 8th of the year, Damon Severson, who scored twice and now has six on the year and Taylor Hall, which was his 16th of the year. The Devils have gone 12-9 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.05 gpg and have allowed 2.81 gpg in those games.
New Jersey enters this contest ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.12 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots taken (31.3 spg) and 6th in power play conversions, converting on 22.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 20th in goals allowed, giving up 2.95 gpg, while also ranking 25th in shots allowed (32.7 spg) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.6% of their chances.
- 7-0 their last seven trips to New Jersey.
- 37-15 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning record
New Jersey is:
- 16-36 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 7-18 in their last 25 vs. the Metropolitan
This is a huge game in the Metro Division as both teams are fighting for the top spot in the division. The Devils will look to get within three points of the Caps with a win here, but I just don’t see it happening. The Devils have gone just 1-6 in their last seven games, while the Capitals have gone 6-1 in their last seven games. Braden Holtby has strong career numbers against the evils as he is 14-5 with a 1.83 GAA against them, while Keith Kinkaid has gone 1-3 with a 4.23 GAA against the Capitals in his career. That a big edge for the Caps there. Washington is clearly the better team in this one and the clincher is the fact that they have won 14 of their last 17 games in this series. Take Washington to expand their divisional lead.