New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals Free NHL Pick

New Jersey Devils (25-33-9, 59 pts) vs. Washington Capitals (39-21-7, 85 pts)

Friday, March 8 at 7:00 PM ET

Capital One Arena

Coverage: NHL Network

By Jackalyn Harley

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The Metropolitan division is on fire right now. Friday evening the Washington Capitals will host the New Jersey Devils in another hot metropolitan matchup.

The Devils are sitting dead last in the division, and they're battling a slew of injuries. Jesper Bratt is the most recent player to slide onto the long list of battered players. Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Miles Wood, and Sami Vatanen are some big names missing from the Devils bench, to name a few. The remaining lineup isn't exactly riding a huge scoring wave. Travis Zajac has only posted two points in the past five games. Blake Coleman has blanked the score sheet for as many games. Suiting up looking to break a four-game losing streak against the defending Stanley Cup Champions is a big ask for the struggling Devils.

At the other end are the Washington Capitals. The Caps are second in the division and enter tonight's contest with a five-game win streak. Alexander Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 45 over the season. He's registered six points in the past five games. T.J. Oshie has been contributing in a big way this season, posting 21 goals. Winger Jakub Vrana is chipping in his fair share as well, tallying eight points in the past ten games. Washington will come in hard on the bruised down Devils, who honestly are mostly comprised of AHL call-ups at this point.

NHL Pick: Capitals -1.5 (-125) at Jazz Sports

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