NHL Betting: The New Jersey Devils can torment Washington on Friday night


New Jersey-Washington

Stuck in a costly slump, the Washington Capitals could well end up bottom of the Metropolitan Division in the very near future unless they can break out of this winless run of six tonight.

New Jersey have already overtaken them and have secured at least a point from all but one of their last 10 games inside the Prudential Center, whilst earlier this week a shock 7-1 routing of St Louis was their best result of the season.

Whether Alex Ovechkin plays tonight is a decision that'll be left as late as possible. He's still the league's leading goalscorer, and with a total of 35 has 22 more than any of his teammates.

In those six outings since they last tasted victory the Caps have managed more than one goal just the once, so it's not an ideal time to be without the guy who scorers a quarter of your strikes.

They are facing the NHL's third-best defence too, and no side gives up fewer shots than New Jersey. Their blueline is well drilled to make responsible decisions and although a little conservative at times, guys like Andy Greene and healthy again captain Bryce Salvador are tough to play against.

An easy decision to go with the Devils here, and they've been particularly reliable in divisional matchups too.

 

Florida-Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche are back amongst the league's form teams, taking 17 points from 22, but had their momentum dented by a defeat from Toronto on Tuesday.

After successfully building on a massive win over Pittsburgh, the Panthers too are putting together a decent stretch and could net at least three straight for only the second time this season.

In Denver back in November Florida left with the points thanks to a 4-1 scoreline. Getting out in front that night was crucial and would seem to be again as their opponents’ offence is returning to prominence.

Wingers PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay are back in action to restock Colorado's forward lines. The latter hasn't featured since November 2nd and as they make up two thirds of the Avs' forwards over the age of 30, that experience certainly steadies the team.

Patrick Roy's men have definitely been better underdogs than favourites this year by dropping a few matchups they shouldn't have, so I'm a little wary.

They're only marginally in front here at 2.40 and considering the 20 point gap I think that's well worth taking.

 

Best Bet: New Jersey Devils to win at 2.20