The NJ Devils enter this game ranked 27th in the NHL, racking up a record of 17-22-7 so far this season. The Devils have a road record of 10-13 and enter this game with a record of 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. NJ is going to have to get creative if they want to pull off the road upset here tonight. The Washington Capitals are ranked 2nd in the NHL, compiling a record of 31-11-5 this season. The Capitals have a home record of 14-5-4 this season and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Washington is going to have to stay focused and remain calm if they want to get the win at home here tonight.
NJ Devils Try To Keep RollingThe NJ Devils rank 25th in the NHL in goals allowed per game when at home. MacKenzie Blackwood did not have a great end of 2019 but is eager and motivated to return to form in 2020. Blackwood has not been able to close down his gaps as of late, but he will need to do so tonight to beat this Washington squad. Blackwood will also need some support from his skaters to slow down this Capitals' high powered offense.
Kyle Palmieri has to step up now, as Hall just got traded to Arizona. Without Taylor Hall, this NJ offense is going to need to find a new spark as they currently rank just 25th in the NHL with just 2.48 goals scored per game at home. Palmieri is poised to replace Hall and become the star they need to start scoring some goals.
Washington Capitals Try To Reclaim 1st PlaceThe Washington Capitals enter this game with a strong defense, ranked 12th in the NHL when it comes to goals allowed per game when at home. Brayden Holtby has been struggling as of late, but the Caps have some skaters that love to get physical and play great defense. Holtby is a good goalie, it just seems that this year the save percentage is down and the glove is moving slower, yet it gets overlooked because the Capitals love to score. Watch out for those flaws in this game.
The Capitals have the 11th ranked offense in the NHL on home ice, scoring 3.39 goals per game. John Carlson continues to show his game, racking up the most points on Washington this season with 13 goals and 43 assists. Carlson is going to be a problem for the Devils tonight as he can stretch your defense with long passes and creates issues with solid point shots up top. The Devils must gameplan for Carlson in this game.
- Capitals are 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
- Devils are 17-49 in their last 66 vs. a team with a winning record.