Free NHL Picks: Bet Red-Hot Capitals -145 To Win vs. Devils

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:58 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 12:58 PM UTC

The number one ranked Washington Capitals (36-9-4 76pts) in my power poll will take on the New Jersey Devils (26-20-6 58 pts) in an early afternoon clash. Let's checl the NHL odds now!

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NHL Pick: Capitals -145
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Even more impressive, they are off to the fifth best start in NHL history through 49 games in terms of wins and have outscored their opponent 108-69 in their last 31 games. 

The Washington Capitals have had the Devils number this season as they look for their their fifth straight win against them. In those four previous games Washington has outscored New Jersey 16-6 in that span. 

The Capitals have all but locked up the Metropolitan Divison but there are some individual goals that should still keep the team focused. Egveny Kuztensov is three points shy of 100 career points, Nicklas Backtrom is one goal shy of passing Kelly Miller into 12th place in goals scored in franchise history and defensemen Karl Azner is two points shy of 100 career Capital points.

Kuznetsov, who I feel is the engine of this team, has earned a point in eight straight games. Alexander Ovechkin has registerd 41 points in 38 career games against the Devils. 

To give you an idea of how good Caps goaltender, Braden Holtby, has been this season, Martin Broduer through 218 games was 107-65-37 with 17 shutouts, 2.31 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Holtby is 132-56-21 with 22 shutouts, a 2.31 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. 

When looking at this specific match-up against New Jersey it's difficult to not be financially behind Holty who is second in the league in road wins (14) and fifth in save percentage (.929). Holtby is 23-1-3 in his last 27 including 2 shutouts. He is the first goaltender to win 30 of their first 38 starts since Chris Osgood with Detroit in 1995-96. Holtby is 7-3-1 in his career vs. New Jersey with a 2.10 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He has also registered more wins and shutouts on Saturday than any other day. Washington is 9-1-2 on Saturdays. Before you think that's silly ask yourself, am in a better mood on Saturdays vs. Tuesday's? Most people are which gives a psychological edge when you're playing on your favorite day or at least one you're more comfortable with. Monday's anyone? 

Washington has an outstanding 12-3-2 mark against divisional foes while outscoring them 63-42. 

The Capitals are 17-5-2 on the road this season, ranking 1st in the NHL in road point percentage which has earned them 15 of their last 18 road games this season. They ranked in the top 10 in five major offensive category's on the road and are ninth in road penalty kills. When you're looking for a reason to play against the Caps it's extremely difficult to find one. 

From a trends angle the Washington Capitals are 49-19 playing on just one day's rest. That's always has been a statistic to tell me how well conditioned a particular team is.

Over their last 26 games New Jersey is just 7-19 against teams who wins 60% of their home games or greater. A sign that they are still unable to make that leap into the Elite of the league. 

Holtby and Ovechkin both said they were rusty from the All-Star break which means that the rust should be off for this one. 

The NHL odds board show the Capitals as the favorites at -145. Take Washington for your NHL picks. The public will be on Washington so get to the window as quickly as possible before your value disappears. 

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