Anaheim Ducks vs. New Jersey Devils - 11/20/13
New Jersey Devils (7-8-5) at Anaheim Ducks (15-6-2)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -200 / New Jersey Devils +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Jersey Devils head into Anaheim looking to hand the Ducks another loss while the Ducks return home after a lackluster road trip.
The Devils were projected to take a big step backwards this season after they lost David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk in the offseason and so far through their first 20 contests they are a game under .500 and sit in fifth place in their division. However, they are playing better than a lot of people expected and have just three losses in their last 10 games and it appears as though Martin Brodeur is playing for a bit of personal pride this season as he has been splitting time with future full time starter Corey Schneider. New Jersey is a fringe team when it comes to the playoffs as they are unlikely to do some damage atop their division but to me I don’t think they get in despite a respectable forward unit. They head into Anaheim facing a Ducks team who is coming off a loss to Pittsburgh and will be anxious to get back to playing at the Honda Center.
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The Ducks have been one of the league’s best teams to start the season but hit a bit of a road block in the last couple outings going 5-5 in their last 10 overall. However, Anaheim still sits atop the Pacific division and return home where they have been a perfect 8-0 so far this season – the only remaining team without a loss in their home rink. The Ducks are well balanced with a strong forward unit, an equally impressive defensive core and a great tandem of net minders that create this well-oiled machine that head coach Bruce Boudreau can do a lot of tinkering with depending on matchups. I am a little cautious here as it is the first game back for the Ducks after a road trip and the Devils have been playing better so I am staying away from the side as there’s no value so I am heading to the total which I think stays under. Both goaltenders will have something to prove, the Anaheim offense will take some time to get readjusted and I don’t think the Devils have enough firepower which should see this one stay under six goals.