New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (40-17-9) at New Jersey Devils (34-25-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +100 / Winnipeg Jets -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils meet Thursday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 38 goals, Blake Wheeler has 57 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 127 goals on 1,625 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 33 goals on 352 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 30 goals, Will Butcher has 30 assists and Nico Hischier has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 102 goals on 1,164 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 77 goals on 791 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Devils are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 8-24 in their last 32 Thursday games and 11-5 in their last 16 games following a win. The Jets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets are playing well and consistent defensively, which is why they've been able to win four straight on the road. The New Jersey Devils have been able to string wins together, but they've been hit or miss overall, and a lot of that has to do with the leaky defense that puts a ton of pressure on the offense. The Devils at home and the slight plus money is worth a strong look, but I can't turn down this cheap price given how well the Winnipeg Jets are playing.