When: 2:00 PM EST, February 21, 2021.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Puckline: Devils -1.5 / +360 | Capitals +1.5 / -455
Moneyline: Devils +140 | Capitals -165
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 6.5
New Jersey Devils
Road Record: 4-1-0-1
Home Record: 5-3-0-1
New Jersey Devils Vs Washington Capitals Game Day Preview
The New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals will get to know each other quite well in a short amount of time. Starting today these teams will play one another 3 times in the next 8 days.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils recently had its three-game winning streak come to an end following a 3-2 setback to the Buffalo Sabres.
After trailing 3-0 through two periods, Kyle Palmieri scored his third goal in two games and defenseman P.K. Subban also tallied in the third period for the Devils.
“We weren’t playing our game and doing the things that made us successful coming out of the break,” Palmieri said. “I thought the response in the third period was awesome, we pressed and had chances to tie the game.”
Former top overall pick and newly minted captain Nico Hischier made his season debut after sustaining an offseason lower-body injury. He registered one shot on goal in 16:29 of ice time.
“It feels great to be back on the ice and battling with the guys,” Hischier said. “When you look at the (third) period, that’s how we should be playing for three periods. We know it’s not enough … one period. but it gives us something for (Sunday).”
Travis Zajac also returned to the ice following a 19-day stint in NHL protocols. He will skate in his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals have little time to dwell on Saturday afternoon’s 4-1 setback to the New York Rangers. Washington has lost five of its last seven contests after starting the season with a nine-game point streak (6-0-3).
“We shot ourselves in the foot way too much today to get ourselves going, especially early on,” defenseman John Carlson said, via the Washington Post. “And throughout the game I didn’t like our response.”
Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored late in the second period for his first point of the season.
Vitek Vanecek finished with 20 saves while making his 13th consecutive start for Washington. Ageless backup Craig Anderson, 39, or recovering Ilya Samsonov are other options in net for coach Peter Laviolette.
“I don’t think the goaltending was the problem (on Saturday). We didn’t generate enough,” Laviolette said. “Vitek gives us a chance to win hockey games. I thought he was good. We needed to be in the offensive zone a little bit more.”
Devils Vs Capitals Facts
- Devils are 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
- Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Devils are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
New Jersey Devils Vs Washington Capitals Alternative Fantasy Hockey-Statement Games Picks
Devils 3 Capitals 5
10 PT Pick: Travis Zajac + Jack Hughes + Kyle Palmieri UNDER 1.5 Goals
9 PT Pick: Washington Capitals OVER 0.5 Power Play Goals
8 PT Pick: Total Goals OVER 6.5