Capitals Roll To 7th Straight In Win Over Devils Friday

Jimmy Murphy

Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:17 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 7:17 PM UTC

The Capitals will roll to their 7th straight win as they stick another fork in the struggling Devils on Friday night in D.C. 

Murphy: 34-29-2

New Jersey (9-10-4, 9-14 ATS) at Washington (14-7-3, 14-10 ATS)Thursday, 7 p.m. ETFree NHL Pick: Capitals PL & OverBest Line Offered: Bovada

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The Buffalo Sabres and their recent winning streak have been getting all the love and maybe that’s exactly how the also streaking Stanley Cup Champion Capitals like it. While the upstart Sabres have been making the highlight reels, the Capitals have string together 6-straight wins and put what could’ve been a minor Cup hangover behind them. They’ve also done so without the services of rising star Evgeny Kuznetsov, gritty and skilled forward T.J. Oshie and veteran blueliner Brooks Orpik who were all injured earlier in the month. Captain Alexander Ovechkin is back to his usual self, lighting the lamp and leading his team back from a lethargic start and goalie Braden Holtby has found his game again between the pipes.

It all adds up to the Caps looking like the defending champs they are and a not so pretty night ahead for the struggling Devils who can’t seem to get out of their own way this season after making the playoffs for the first time last season since going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. New Jersey comes into this game mired in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and 3-4-3 in the last 10 games. This will be the third of a 3-game roadie that the Devils are 0-1-1 on so far. The Devils have had trouble keeping the puck out of the net thanks to a sloppy transition game and shoddy goaltending as their incumbent starter Cory Schneider is yet to earn a win. For all the progress this franchise made last season, there has been too much regression this season and they’re a tough team to lay money on these days unless you’re betting the over in their games.

New Jersey has scored 68 goals and allowed 76. They’re an astonishing 13-7-3 on the over/under and 8-3-1 on the road. The Capitals meanwhile are 12-9-3 on the over/under and 5-5-2 at home. They have scored 84 goals and allowed 74. So again, the over is looking really good in this one!

The Devils are 9-14 against the spread and 2-10 on the road. New Jersey is 11-12 on the puck line and 4-8 on the road.

The Capitals are 14-10 against the spread and 7-5 at home. Washington is 13-11 on the puck line and 5-7 at home.

Ovechkin leads his team in goals with 18 lamplighters and is tied for the team lead in points with Nicklas Backstrom as both have 28 apiece.

The Devils are once again led by last year’s Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall who leads the team in assists with 17 helpers and points with 24. Kyle Palmieri leads the team in goals with 12 lamplighters.

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CAPS TODAY: With a three assist performance against the New York Islanders, Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 827th career point, passing Peter Bondra (825) for the second most points in franchise history. More info on Backstrom and the Caps at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/XgHUCzSj0d

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Goaltending Matchup
  • Schneider is 0-5-0 with a 4.27 GAA and .863 save percentage.
  • Keith Kinkaid is 9-5-0-4 with a 2.72 GAA and .912 save percentage.
  • Holtby is 9-5-0-2 with a 2.74 GAA and .917 save percentage.
  • Pheonix Copley is 5-2-0-1 with a 3.06 GAA and .899 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Devils, Marcus Johansson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and is a gametime decision Friday night. Steve Santini is day-to-day with a broken jaw and Joey Anderson is day-to-day with a foot injury.
  • For the Capitals, Kuznetsov and Oshie are both day-to-day with upper-body injuries and Orpik is day-to-day with a knee injury

Prediction: Capitals 6, Devils 2

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