The Washington Capitals face the New Jersey Devils with both teams on opposite ends of the standings to start the season. The Capitals have a 9-10-3 record and are near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division while the Devils have a 17-4 record and are in first place in the division. The Capitals are looking to rebound from a slow start while the Devils are hoping to remain one of the best teams in the NHL and the upcoming game looks to be a good one as a result.
Capitals offense has struggled this seasonThe Capitals are having a rough season with their offense letting them down, scoring only 2.76 goals per game. While Alexander Ovechkin, Dylan Strome, and Evgeny Kuznetsov have scored 17 goals and 33 assists to lead the top two lines and defenseman John Carlson is adding five goals and six assists from the point, the rest of the offense has struggled. Only six skaters have scored five goals or more while only five skaters have added seven assists or more to the offense and opposing defenses can easily limit the top-heavy offense.
The offense has let the Capitals down but the defense has also struggled, allowing 3.19 goals per game. Nick Jensen and Trevor van Riemsdyk have combined for 2.1 defensive point shares and 82 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has struggled, allowing opponents to generate shots on the net at will. In addition, goaltender Charlie Lindgren is having a difficult year in the net with a .905 save percentage and a 3.13 goals-against average on 189 shots.
Devils have been led by dominant offenseThe Devils are having a great season with their offense stepping up and scoring 3.70 goals per game. Jesper Bratt has scored eight goals and 16 assists while Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier have added 16 goals and 27 assists to the top two lines but the rest of the offense has also been great. Tomas Tatar, Yegor Sharangovich, and Dawson Mercer have scored 15 goals and 18 assists while defensemen Dougie Hamilton and John Marino have added eight goals and 15 assists from the point to put the offense over the top.
The offense has been great but the defense has also played well, allowing only 2.30 goals per game. Ryan Graves and Jonas Seigenthaler have combined for 4.0 defensive point shares and 60 blocked shots while Hamilton and Marino have combined for 3.3 defensive point shares to give the Devils two great defensive pairings. Furthermore, goaltender Vitek Vanecek is having a great season with a .917 save percentage and a 2.14 goals-against average on 301 shots.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Devils have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL to start the season and look to overwhelm the Capitals on both ends of the ice. The Devils should pile on the goals against a Capitals defense that allows 3.19 goals per game with Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots with great puck movement. The Devils, who allow only 2.30 goals per game, should also limit the Capitals' offense, which averages only 2.76 goals per game, with Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Graves, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike while limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Vitek Vanecek to make plenty of big saves. The Devils should win the game with a dominant performance on their home ice.
Take the Devils money line as home Favorites.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Devils have been led by one of the league's best offenses and expect both forward units to step up and constantly find the back of the net. The Capitals should create plenty of scoring chances with Alexander Ovechkin, Dylan Strome, and the rest of the forward unit establishing a strong offensive zone presence and creating open shots with great puck movement. The Devils, who average 3.70 goals per game, should run up the score with Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Tomas Tatar, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the rush and creating open shots with quick passes while defensemen Dougie Hamilton and John Marino pick apart the Capitals from the point. The Over should cover in a high-scoring game with both offenses stepping up.
Take the Over on 6 goals.