The New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the FLA Live Arena on Saturday. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Florida is listed as a -125 home favorite while New Jersey is a -105 road underdog. The total for this game is set at 6.5 goals.
For the Devils, Miles Wood and Nathan Bastian are questionable for this game while MacKenzie Blackwood is out until late March with a lower body injury. For Florida, Spencer Knight and Givani Smith are both out indefinitely.
New Jersey’s 4-2 win back on December 21st, 2022, made it three straight wins for the road team in this head-to-head matchup.
New Jersey is 25-7 in their last 32 road games and 11-2 in their last 13 Saturday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Florida is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 games against the Metropolitan division while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win.
I’m backing the Devils here. The M.O. for the Panthers this season has been that they beat the bad teams, but the Devils are far from a bad team, especially on the road, where they’ve been arguably the best team in the NHL this season. I think this is a great price given how well the Devils have played away from home this season, so give me the Devils in this one.