New Jersey Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks - 10/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (0-2-0) at New Jersey Devils (0-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +165 / Anaheim Ducks +135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, MSG
The Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils play in a NHL showdown Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
The Anaheim Ducks play their fourth straight road game and are off to a rough 0-2-1 start to the season. The Ducks issue has been on the defensive end, as while Anaheim is killing 90.9 percent of its power plays, it's allowed no less than three goals in all three games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed three goals on 45 shots faced while John Gibson has given up seven goals on 50 shots. Offensively, Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano have combined for four goals and one assist while Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks with four points. The Anaheim Ducks have three more road games within the next week, so they better figure things out quickly before this season starts to get away from them early.
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The New Jersey Devils are off to a 0-1-1 start and play at home for the first time this season. The Devils issue has been the lack of offense, as New Jersey has scored just three goals in three games and has yet to score on the power play. P.A. Parenteau leads the Devils with two points, while Travis Zajac has one goal and John Moore as one assist. The Devils defense has been solid led by Cory Schneider, who has come away with 63 saves on 68 shots faced and has now allowed three or less goals in seven straight games. The New Jersey Devils could string off some victories with five of their next six games at home if the offense can find the back of the net with some sort of consistency. Sergey Kalinin is questionable with an illness.
The Ducks are 6-2 in their last 8 Tuesday games and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Devils are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in New Jersey and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings overall.
I've been fading the Ducks out of the gate, as this slow start isn't anything we didn't see last season. The Devils haven't beaten the Ducks since November of 2013, but they have been sharp defensively and should be excited for their home opener. The Devils and the plus money has value, as I don't see how anyone can back the Anaheim Ducks and the juice with the way they've played up to this point.