Just about every number indicated that the Washington Capitals should have beaten the New Jersey Devils in a walk.
The Capitals dominated the shots on goal by a margin of 44-27. New Jersey had lost its last seven games against Washington. The Caps are in the thick of the Metropolitan Division race while the Devils are closer to being a cellar dweller.
All logic would point to Washington winning, but instead, Kinkaid played one of his best games in the NHL and the Devils won 2-1 via a shootout on Thursday.
The Devils were 1-8-1 in their last 10 games coming into Thursday and only had four wins since Nov. 15, so this win must bring some serious relief (even if they probably got a little lucky).
Washington, meanwhile, must be feeling a little frustrated. It seemed like the Capitals were regaining their dominant form with a six-game winning streak from Dec. 5-16, but they’ve now lost four of their last five games (1-2-2).
The two teams meet again in New Jersey on New Year’s Eve, so we’ll see how their efforts compare in these two games.