Washington Capitals (1-3-1) vs. New Jersey Devils (3-1-1)
The NHL regular season has already delivered many exciting moments, and Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils looks set to deliver yet more action-packed matches. Both teams are in their opening phases of play – the Capitals look to improve upon their win/loss/overtime loss record of 1-3-1 while Devils hope to add to their impressive 3-1-1 start – so there is plenty of excitement among fans and NHL betting picks alike leading up to this matchup.
The Capitals have struggled lately but do possess several offensive sparks that could help turn their fortunes around. John Carlson has scored one goal and three assists over five games; not to mention Alex Ovechkin who remains a threat despite experiencing some form dips – even if his shooting percentage falls to 4.3% it would still be wise not to dismiss him outright. Meanwhile, on defense for New Jersey they will need to minimize Carlson and Ovechkin to succeed; their defensive strategy would therefore play a pivotal role.
Jack Hughes has led the charge on offense for the Devils this season, scoring 14 points from five games including 4 goals and 10 assists to lead their attack. Jesper Bratt and Dougie Hamilton have also been key components. It will be difficult for Washington’s defensemen to contain these sharpshooters; their strategy may involve neutralizing Hughes to reduce his impactful offensive presence.
Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper vs. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek
Darcy Kuemper has been the man between the pipes for the Washington Capitals. Despite his efforts, with a save percentage of 0.868 over four games, he’s faced a barrage of shots, leading to 15 goals against. Against the high-flying Devils offense, Kuemper’s resilience will be tested.
On the New Jersey Devils’ end, Vitek Vanecek has been more than reliable. With a save percentage of 0.904 over three games, he’s shown a more consistent form than his Capitals counterpart. As he faces the Capitals’ star-studded offense, this matchup promises to be a test of Vanecek’s mettle.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: New Jersey Devils -232, Total Odds: 6.5
Given their strong start, the New Jersey Devils are favorites with a moneyline of -232. Betting on underdog Capitals could offer substantial returns to risk takers given their historical dominance against Devils. A total score of 6.5 may tempt bettors given both teams’ recent offensive and defensive performances; recent trend of high scoring games for Devils may encourage bettors to consider over; spread indicates oddsmakers anticipate a relatively close game but with potential surprises along the way.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
The Washington Capitals’ recent trends show a team in a bit of a rut. With the total going UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games and being 1-6 SU in their last 7 games, confidence might be wavering. Their dismal 0-8 SU record in their last 8 road games is concerning. However, a glimmer of hope lies in their dominant record against the Devils, especially on the road, where they are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
The New Jersey Devils have been the exact opposite in terms of game totals, with the OVER hitting in their last five games. They’ve also been prolific against Eastern Conference teams, as the total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 9 games against them. However, their home record against the Capitals has been less than impressive, with a 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.
Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils 10/25/23 Betting Picks
Based on current form and betting trends, the Devils look to be in a more favorable position. Their offensive might, led by Hughes, should put them in a good stead against a Capitals side still finding its rhythm. However, the Capitals’ historical dominance against the Devils cannot be overlooked, especially on the road.
For those looking to capitalize on this matchup, it might be worth considering the OVER given the recent offensive trends of both teams. For those in search of the top live betting website, ensure you get the best odds and comprehensive stats to make an informed decision.
Free Pick and Prediction: New Jersey Devils 4, Washington Capitals 3