- The Capitals are 5-3-1 at home this season
- The Devils are 4-1-1 on the road this season
- This will be the first meeting this season between these two opponents
Both teams are coming off bad losses on Saturday with the Caps losing 4-1 to the Rangers and the Devils taking a 3-2 loss to the Sabres. Now we can see who can rebound from these losses as this East Division is still up for grabs with just one team over the 20-point threshold so far. The Caps currently are in a four-way tie for second with 19 points but the Devils find themselves in second to last place with 14 points.
Devils vs Capitals Schedule
- Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
- When: Sunday, February 21, 2:00pm ET
- How to Watch: NBC, NHL Network
Devils vs Capitals Lines (Vegas)
Devils vs Capitals Preview
Caps Can’t Turn it Around Just Yet
After two back-to-back wins over the Sabres and the Penguins the Caps were trying to make a run at the top of the division to reclaim their crown. Now as losers of four of their last six, they must regroup again with problems on their defense still lingering as starting goalie Ilya Samsonov remains on the COVID-19 list.
The good news for the Caps is that aside from their loss to the Rangers where they only scored once, they are still managing to get the puck in the net. In four of their last five games, they’ve scored at least three goals and average 3.47 on the year on less than 30 shots. However, the fact that their defense has yet to step up in many of these games as of late remains the single biggest problem for them. It’s hard for bettors to trust the Caps, but you can usually count on the games to be high-scoring.
The Devils Win Streak Snapped
Reeling off three straight victories propelled the Devils back into the division lead chase but then they laid an egg against the Sabres to cool off their jets. However, this team is still hot as of late scoring at least three goals in four of their last five games. Leading the way the offense has been Jack Hughes; he only has nine points so far this season but this also speaks volumes to how many players can step and score when need be for this team.
New Jersey might have also found themselves a starting goalie in Mackenzie Blackwood. Blackwood has yet to be beaten in regulation so far this year and has a 94 percent save average while also allowing less than two goals a game.
Devils vs Capitals Prediction & Pick
Who wins NHL game tonight between Devils vs Capitals
I’m going to put my trust more in the Devils’ ability to defend versus Washington’s offensive ability. New Jersey has done less with more as of late by showing they can have a variety of guys step up and win games despite not necessarily having a star goal-scorer as of lately.
Furthermore, not much is getting by Blackwood as of late; so if he is in the net, back the Devils heavily. Washington can score I just don’t trust anyone to defend the puck with Samsonov still out.
Devils 4 — Capitals 2
Devils vs Capitals Free Pick:
- New Jersey -115, Over 5.5 Goals