New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (13-15-7) at New Jersey Devils (21-9-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -141 / Detroit Red Wings +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, MSG+
The Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Detroit Red Wings could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 13 goals, Dylan Larkin has 24 assists and Mike Green has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 75 goals on 809 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 32 goals on 297 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brian Gibbons leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 22 assists and Will Butcher has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 68 goals on 867 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 31 goals on 290 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.
The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 road games, 18-42 in their last 60 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-12 in their last 15 overall. The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic, 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Red Wings are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in New Jersey, the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils entered the break playing some of their best hockey, which included wins in each of their last five home contests. The Red Wings continue to be complete trash on the defensive end and the losses are piling up because of it. It's damn near impossible to find the confidence to back the Detroit Red Wings in their current form. I have no choice but to side with the New Jersey Devils on their home ice.