New Jersey Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/20/13
Anaheim Ducks (24-7-5) at New Jersey Devils (14-15-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +110 / Anaheim Ducks -121 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New Jersey Devils have been up and down all season long and Friday night they'll look to get that righted by putting together a three game winning streak. The Devils are looking to sweep this three game homestand with a win over the Anaheim Ducks. New Jersey shutout the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 before Wednesday's 5-2 defeat of the Ottawa Senators. Jaromir Jagr scored his 12th goal of the season and the Devils held a three goal lead they would never relinquish. Stephen Gionta, Reid Boucher, Damien Brunner, and Eric Gelinas also scored for the Devils. The inconsistency of the Devils hasn't killed their playoff hopes because the Metropolitan Division has been so bad this year that nobody is out of it. Cory Schneider is somehow 4-7-4 despite posting a 1.97 goals against average in 15 games. Now the Devils will have to follow up these wins on Friday night when they host an Anaheim Ducks club that has won six straight games coming into the contest. Anaheim is 24-7-5 and in first place in the Pacific Division in a very difficult Western Conference. The Ducks have gotten great play from their star players and they will be one of the teams in the post season that can really make some noise. In their 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night the Ducks scored four times in the opening frame. Jakub Silfverberg, Nick Bonino, Corey Perry, Sami Vatanen, and Saku Koivu all scored for Anaheim in the blowout. Jonas Hiller improved to 14-4-4 on the year and been excellent in the crease for one of the best teams in hockey. The Ducks are still going to need to play their best againt the upper echelon teams in the league if they want to be a true Stanley Cup contender, but they have the type of roster that can make a run. Friday night Anaheim will look to extend their luck against a Devils club that is feeling confident after the last few games. New Jersey is looking solid at home but the Ducks are still the better team here and we're getting them at a reasonable price.
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