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Hockey odds preview - New Jersey vs. Washington

New Jersey Devils

Washington Capitals
24-21-13 February 08, 2014, 08:00 PM | Verizon Center 26-23-9

The Washington Capitals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the New Jersey Devils invade Verizon Center on Saturday.

This season the Capitals are 26-23-9 overall while the Devils are 24-21-13. As for the totals, Washington is 28-30 on the OU, and New Jersey is 16-28-14.

View New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Capitals in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -142 on most hockey betting menus early today for Saturday's contest. The over-under was at 5 earlier at BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 15-rated Devils taking on the No. 21-rated Capitals in this contest.

Last time out for New Jersey, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Oilers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at -168 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Capitals were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.9 goals per game, against a Devils defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.47 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 22.07% while the Devils defense kills off 87.1% of their penalties.

A few Devils at Capitals trends to consider:
New Jersey is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Jersey is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey home to Columbus, Thursday, February 27th
Washington at Florida, Thursday, February 27th