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Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (16-18-8) at Edmonton Oilers (21-15-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers -192 / New Jersey Devils +173 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG

The New Jersey Devils begin a road trip with a top at the Edmonton Oiler in NHL hockey on Thursday.

The Florida Panthers are trying to remain in the postseason hunt and the return of Roberto Luongo is a key piece to the puzzle. Luongo showed no ill effects from an upper body injury that had sidelined him for a few games by brushing aside 28 shots in defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Monday. In the process, Luongo recorded his first shutout of the year and #73 of his career. The Panthers received their scoring from Jussi Jokinen, Reilley Smith and Vincent Trocheck to keep the pressure on Philadelphia for the last Wild Card. On the flip side, the Devil suffered their third shutout of the season with the loss going to Corey Schneider.

Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Jose Sharks cranked up the offense in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory at Edmonton for back to back victories. Mikkel Boedker led the offensive charge with a hat trick with Logan Couture and Brent Burns also lighting the lamp to help SJ snap a three games slide. Martin Jones picked up the victory to raise San Jose’s record to 21-15-7. The Oilers attack featured goals from Matthew Benning, Drake Caggiula and Oscar Klefbom but that wasn’t enough to prevent back to back defeats. Cam Talbot absorbed the loss for Edmonton who fell to 21-15-7 as they continue to battle for a spot in the postseason and need to avoid losing streaks at all costs.

The Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and the Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the under is 4-0-1 in Devils last 5 road games. The under is 11-1 in Oilers last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and the Oilers are 1-8 in their last 9 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the Oilers are 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton. 

The under seems to be a strong play although I don’t know who is in goal and I try to avoid betting on unpredictable games involving New Jersey…

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Edmonton -.5

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