New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/3/14
Colorado Avalanche (35-14-5) at New Jersey Devils (23-21-12)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +100 / Colorado Avalanche -110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The red hot Avalanche looks for another victory on Monday night as they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils.
With one team based in Denver laying an absolute egg in the New Jersey area this past weekend the Avalanche will look to mop up the mess made by the Broncos in last night’s Super Bowl with a win against the Devils. Despite a magical season in Denver football wise it is now time for the city and its sports fans to shift focus to the Avalanche as they’re a legitimate Western Conference contender and can lock up their fourth win in a row tonight that could trim their divisional deficit to just three points. Colorado is a very deep team that has a ton of team speed and a well balanced attack that includes rookie sensation Nathan Mackinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, and Ryan O’Reilly to name a few but much like their football counterparts the Avs could use some help on defense. Colorado’s blue line is the only major flaw I see in their game and while they are certainly better than some units I think acquiring a piece at the trade deadline would go a long way in helping the team secure a deep postseason run.
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The Devils meanwhile are a team in transition and while many expected they would be on the outside looking in come playoff time they are more than in the mix in the lackluster Metropolitan division. New Jersey has a pretty nice balance of offense as well with a handful of veterans taking charge with the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias leading the way. Corey Schneider is scheduled to get the start for the Devils in this one as the inevitable and brutally awkward transition from Marty Brodeur continues to unfold with the future hall of famer possibly being shipped out of town at the trade deadline. Unfortunately for Brodeur, Schneider has been excellent this season and while his win-loss record may not be staggering his goals against average that is below the two-goal mark is among the best in the league. While I am inclined to take the Devils here as a home underdog and there is still a good chance I will I think this one stays under the number as both Schenider and Semyon Varlamov have been great between the pipes and I expect the Devils will alter their game plan to try and contain the Colorado attack.