New Jersey Devils vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (3-1-0) at New Jersey Devils (1-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -105 / Minnesota Wild -118 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, MSG+
The Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils square off Saturday night in a NHL showdown at the Prudential Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for their first road victory of the season while building on their nice three-game winning streak. The Wild are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with three goals, Ryan Suter has four assists and Charlie Coyle has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 92.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up eight goals on 81 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed three goals on 30 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 15 regular season games. Jared Spurgeon and Marco Scandella are questionable.
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The New Jersey Devils could use a nice home victory after a slow 1-2-1 start to the season. The Devils are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with two goals, Damon Severson has two assists and Taylor Hall has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing two goals per game and are killing 92.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has allowed eight goals on 128 shots faced and has allowed two or less goals in six of his last seven games. The New Jersey Devils need to find offense, as they’ve scored two or less goals in 11 of their last 12 games. Sergey Kalinin is questionable with an illness.
The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 1-7-1 in the last 9 meetings in New Jersey and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Devils have gotten the better of the Wild in the last few matches and the home team has won six of the last seven meetings between these two teams. The New Jersey Devils are due for an offensive breakthrough and actually owe it to Schneider after he's kept the team in games over and over again. I'm going to side with the Devils to get a nice feel good victory on their home ice.