New Jersey Devils (7-8-5) at Anaheim Ducks (15-6-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -200 / New Jersey Devils +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New Jersey Devils head into Anaheim looking to hand the Ducks another loss while the Ducks return home after a lackluster road trip.
The Devils were projected to take a big step backwards this season after they lost David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk in the offseason and so far through their first 20 contests they are a game under .500 and sit in fifth place in their division. However, they are playing better than a lot of people expected and have just three losses in their last 10 games and it appears as though Martin Brodeur is playing for a bit of personal pride this season as he has been splitting time with future full time starter Corey Schneider. New Jersey is a fringe team when it comes to the playoffs as they are unlikely to do some damage atop their division but to me I don’t think they get in despite a respectable forward unit. They head into Anaheim facing a Ducks team who is coming off a loss to Pittsburgh and will be anxious to get back to playing at the Honda Center.
The Ducks have been one of the league’s best teams to start the season but hit a bit of a road block in the last couple outings going 5-5 in their last 10 overall. However, Anaheim still sits atop the Pacific division and return home where they have been a perfect 8-0 so far this season – the only remaining team without a loss in their home rink. The Ducks are well balanced with a strong forward unit, an equally impressive defensive core and a great tandem of net minders that create this well-oiled machine that head coach Bruce Boudreau can do a lot of tinkering with depending on matchups. I am a little cautious here as it is the first game back for the Ducks after a road trip and the Devils have been playing better so I am staying away from the side as there’s no value so I am heading to the total which I think stays under. Both goaltenders will have something to prove, the Anaheim offense will take some time to get readjusted and I don’t think the Devils have enough firepower which should see this one stay under six goals.