New Jersey Devils vs. Edmonton Oilers - 2/7/14
Edmonton Oilers (19-33-6) at New Jersey Devils (23-21-13)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -173 / Edmonton Oilers +157 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Oilers continue their quest to climb out of the Western Conference basement on Friday night as they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils.
While it comes with the territory in a long NHL season that teams go on losing skids and winning streaks and while it has been a lot more of the former than the latter for the Oil this season they have to be happy with the way they are playing at the moment. With the playoffs being an afterthought once again for this team that are actively involved in trade rumors it is nice to see them putting together some consistent efforts and as winners of five of their last six games they have a chance to pull within three points of the Flames in the Pacific division. Edmonton at this point is still a lock to draft within the top three spots once again this July and it is no secret they’ll be crossing their fingers for Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad who is hands down the best defensive prospect available and would likely land with the big club as early as next season. In the mean time the Oil need to find a way to stay competitive every night and with the distraction surrounding the trade deadline it might be tough to do so especially for those rumored to be on the move.
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The Devils continue to be in a stalemate in the Metropolitan division which aside from the Penguins doesn’t seem to have anyone who wants to run away with things and secure themselves a playoff berth. Despite sitting in seventh place in the division the Devils are just six points back of the Rangers for second and are five back of the Flyers for the third automatic entry into the postseason which at this rate is likely their best route into hockey’s second season. The Devils have a nice balance up front but a lot of their success this season stems from the play of Corey Schneider in goal as he is having a spectacular season that is flying under the radar. New Jersey heads into this one as pretty heavy favourites and while they are at home I think they are getting a little bit too much love for the true talent disparity between these teams. With Schneider and Scrivens battling it out I don’t see this one going above the five goal mark and as the best value available in this game that’s where I’d suggest to lean here.