Daily NHL Prediction: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils – Pick for 12/20/2019

The NHL is back in action today as the Washington Capitals will clash with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Capitals suffered a 3-0 road defeat to the Blue Jackets in their previous action. And the Devils earned a 3-1 home win over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

Washington Capitals Form
The Capitals are heading into this game after a surprising defeat in the game against the Blue Jackets.
However, this is a strong team this season. And their recent record stands at 8-2 in their last 10 games. Yet, they will need to improve as their main weapon Ovechkin was not playing well in the last few games. But, the Russian international still has a great record as he scored 21 goals on the season combined with 12 assists.
Also, it is positive for the Caps that they do not have any injuries at the moment.

On the offensive side of the game, the Capitals scored an average of 3.6 goals per game.
As for the defensive side of the game, they are conceding an average of 2.8 goals per game.

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New Jersey Devils Form
The Devils showed some top-class performances in the last few games. Moreover, they have now won their last three games in a row. Especially the away win against a strong Coyotes team was really impressive. Also, they scored a solid 3-1 home victory against the Ducks on Wednesday night. The Devils have the in-from Palmieri as he has found the back of the net in two straight games. And so far this season, the veteran has 13 goals and 21 points on the season.

On the offensive side of the game, the Devils score an average of 2.4 goals, placing them second last in the NHL. As for the defensive side of the ice, they are conceding an average of 3.5 goals, which is the 30th record overall.

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Prediction

Both teams are really solid this season. The Devils are on a good run and they enjoy their hockey at the moment.  They have three wins in a row and the winning momentum is on their side. However, the Capitals are a stronger team this season and they need to bounce back from the defeat against Columbus. Therefore, I expect a win for the Capitals in this one with Ovechkin playing an integral part.

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