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Can Devils continue to surprise vs Capitals?

The New Jersey Devils will look to keep the good vibes rolling when they take on the Washington Capitals tonight. The Caps are currently chasing the Devils for top spot in the Metropolitan Division and Washington will want nothing more than to regain the top spot in a division they’ve won three years in a row. The Capitals opened as heavy home favorites and are 15-5 SU at Capital One Arena.

SHARK BITES
  • New Jersey is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games vs Washington.
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last six games at home.
  • New Jersey is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 road games.

This Devils team is not your father’s New Jersey squad that ran the trap and was content with only scoring two goals per game. The Devils currently rank seventh in the NHL in goals per game (3.2) this season and their young guns of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt have been leading the charge for the revitalization of a franchise that just came off drafting first overall in July. Where they’ve really shocked experts is their road performance as they’re 10-7 SU and are currently the most profitable road team in the league.

On the flipside, the Capitals have been a solid home bet this season and are the second most profitable home team in the NHL. How they’ve been doing it is on the defensive end as the Caps only allow 2.25 goals per game at the Capital One Arena (ranked fourth). If bettors plan to take Washington tonight, they will be ecstatic to know that the Caps are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus the Devils and four of those games were won by two goals or more.

The total opened at 5.5 goals and OVER bettors should take a look at this matchup. The OVER has hit in four of Washington’s last five games at home and they average 3.3 goals per game in their barn. When you factor in the OVER has hit in seven of the Devils’ last 10 games, it’s shaping up to be a score-fest in DC.

New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Capitals sit at 23-13-3 on the season; in comparison, the New Jersey Devils are currently 22-9-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Washington is 21-18 OU, and New Jersey is 20-16-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs New Jersey injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Washington Capitals at No. 12 and the New Jersey Devils at No. 10 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 3.03 goals per game, against a Devils defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.92 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 19.17% while the Devils defense kills off 83.85% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New Jersey lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Sabres on December 29. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Capitals were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -124 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • New Jersey is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Jersey's last 10 games
  • New Jersey is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Jersey at St. Louis, Tuesday, January 2nd
Washington at Carolina, Tuesday, January 2nd

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