Detroit Red Wings vs New Jersey Devils 1/4/23 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

New Jersey Devils (23-11-3) vs. Detroit Red Wings (16-12-7)
January 4, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +135 / New Jersey Devils -169; Over/Under: +6.5
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The New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night.

The New Jersey Devils will look to rebound from a 5-4 shootout loss to Carolina in their last game. Jack Hughes leads the Devils in scoring with 42 points including a team-high 21 goals and 21 assists while Jesper Bratt also has 37 points with a team-high 23 assists. Nico Hischier also has 34 points with 15 goals and 18 assists this season. Vitek Vanecek is 13-5-2 with a 2.38 GAA and a .911 save percentage while Akira Schmid has gone 5-3 with a 1.96 GAA and a .932 save percentage of his own this season.

The Detroit Red Wings will try to build on a 4-2 win over Ottawa in their last matchup. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 13 goals and 19 assists for his 32 points while Dominik Kubalik has 28 points with 12 goals and 16 assists. Filip Hronek has 26 points with 7 goals and 19 assists and David Perron has 27 points with 12 goals and 15 assists. Ville Husso has gone 12-6-5 with a 2.86 GAA and a .908 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic is 2-4-2 with a 4.09 GAA and an .880 save percentage between the pipes for Detroit this season.

New Jersey is 14-3 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 in their last 6 Wednesday games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the Atlantic division. Detroit is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Eastern Conference.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m not laying this kind of price with the New Jersey Devils. If it was closer to a coin flip, you’d have a better shot at swinging me to that side, but Detroit’s not a bad hockey team and they tend to play their best on home ice as it is. I think this is a great value spot for Detroit. Give me the Red Wings here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Detroit +135

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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