Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils

April 2, 2021

Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils
  • 7:00 p.m. @ Prudential Center

The prudential center is home to the Washing Capitals vs the New Jersey Devils for some Friday night NHL action. 

This season the New Jersey Devils have a record of thirteen wins, sixteen losses, and five draws, and they have amassed eighty-three goals, thirty-one points, and a points percentage of .456. They have permitted 102 goals to be scored at even strength and twenty-seven goals while they were man down. The Devils have seventy goals at even strength and thirteen goals which is 28th in pro hockey while having more men on the ice. They have earned ninety-nine power play opportunities and they have earned a power-play percentage of thirteen percent. New Jersey has taken 1,005 shots, which is 24th in professional hockey and has earned a shooting percentage of eight percent while allowing the opposition 1,091 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of seventy-two percent on their opposition’s ninety-nine opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is currently ninety percent overall. The last time New Jersey took the ice they played the Bruins and lost by the score of five to four.

The Corsi rate for New Jersey in this matchup was thirty-eight percent, showing that the Devils played a decent game. The Fenwick was thirty-eight percent, while the PDO was 106, and an oZS percentage of twenty-four percent. The Devils score four goals on their thirty-five shots taken, and had three power-play chances but were unable to finish on any of them. In between the pipes, the Devils have Mackenzie Blackwood, he has made 2,527 saves on the 2,763 shots he has faced for a save percentage of .915. Blackwood has a career record of forty-one wins, thirty-three losses, and ten draws in a total of ninety games played. He has started in eighty-four games for a total of 5,139 minutes on the ice. Blackwood has had forty-seven good starts in his NHL career while letting opponents average three goals a game against him, and has relinquished 236 goals overall. The challengers the Washington Capitals are going into this game with twenty-three wins, eight losses, and four draws this season.

Also, the Capitals have had 1,006 shots taken against them and they have a save percentage of .899. at even strength, the Capitals have given up eighty-two goals to the opposition, while putting ninety-eight of their own in the back of the net. The Capitals’ opponents have gotten 107 power-play chances, and they have converted twenty goals on those tries. This season Washington has put up fifty points, they have taken 974 shots, and have converted on a total of 119 shots, which is the fifth-best in pro hockey. Also, they have given up 102 assists so far this year, and on eighty-eight power-play chances they put up twenty-one goals. The Capitals are looking for a comeback as their last time out on the ice they went home in defeated from the Rangers beating them five-two. The Corsi for the Capitals was fifty-two percent, and their Fenwick percentage came in at fifty-one percent. These statistics show that Washington had a tough night on the offensive side.

The Capitals also had a PDO at an even strength of eighty-seven percent and went fifty-eight percent for offensive zone starts. At the face-off circle, the Capitals amassed twenty-four wins and lost twenty times. When the final buzzer sounded Washington scored two out of their thirty-two shots on nets and converted on one of three power-play chances. The guy in net for the Capitals was Vitek Vanecek, who has played in twenty-four games total in his career and has started in all of those twenty-four games.. Vanecek has a record of fourteen wins, six losses, and three draws over his NHL career. His opponents have knocked in sixty-four goals total for an average of two per game. He has also faced 691 shots and has made 627 saves total for a save percentage of .907.  From the start of his career, Vanecek has had twelve good starts, for a good start percentage at .500, in his total 1,405 minutes on the ice. P.K. Subban and the New Jersey Devils have been playing tough and with tenacity, and could give the Capitals a run for their money.

But on paper, they look like a better, and stronger team overall, at www.AcePerHead.com our pick to win this game against the spread is going to the Washington Capitals.

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