Capitals vs Devils Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/3

Capitals vs Devils Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/3

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Preview: New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals 

Introduction

Get ready for an exciting clash between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals. Check out the detailed preview, featuring player statistics, recent team performances, and a prediction for the game scheduled on January 3, 2024, at 5:30 PM.

 

New Jersey Devils

The Devils, with a record of 19-14-2, face off against the Washington Capitals, who are 18-11-6.

Goaltender Duel:

The Devils feature Vitek Vanecek (13 wins, 3.35 GA/G, .883 SV%) and Nico Daws (1 win, 2.00 GA/G, .926 SV%). The Capitals showcase goaltenders Darcy Kuemper (8 wins, 3.16 GA/G, .892 SV%) and Hunter Shepard (2 wins, 2.27 GA/G, .926 SV%).

 

Game Information

The game is set at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2024, at 5:30 PM. New Jersey is favored with a -155 money line, and the over/under is set at 6.5 goals.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players to watch include Jack Hughes for the Devils and Dylan Strome for the Capitals. Hughes leads with 44 points and 15 goals, while Strome boasts 22 points and 13 goals.

 

Injury Report

The Devils have Timo Meier listed as out until January 5, and Curtis Lazar is day-to-day with an expected return date of January 3. For the Capitals, Charlie Lindgren is out until January 5, and Martin Fehervary is day-to-day with a return date of January 2.

 

Team Stats

Let's compare the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
New Jersey Devils 3.46 3.54 31.8 29.3 280 33 30.3 25 77.7 2 0
Washington Capitals 2.29 2.79 28.1 30.9 284 11 11.5 19 82.1 2 0

 

Recent Performances

Review the last 5 games for both teams:

New Jersey Devils

The Devils recently faced a tough loss against Boston (12/30) but secured victories against Ottawa (12/29) and Columbus (12/27).

Washington Capitals

The Capitals have had a mixed run with losses against Nashville (12/30) and the New York Islanders (12/29) but managed to win against Columbus (12/21).

 

Prediction

Expect an offensive showdown as both teams have shown the ability to score. With key players in form and the potential for defensive lapses, the over of 6.5 goals is the pick in this matchup.

Pick: Over 6.5 Goals

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