New Jersey Devils (6-4-2) at Detroit Red Wings (6-3-4)
|Date & Time||Friday November 7, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under:
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The Devils look to shake off their two game slide with a win in Detroit on Friday night while the Wings can pick up their seventh win of the year and fifth on home ice.
The New Jersey Devils were one of the hottest teams in the league through the first week of the season and appeared as though they were going to silence their skeptics who pegged them as being too old to compete long term through an 82 game season. However, the Devils have slipped of late and are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games including a loss in St. Louis last night in a game in which they had ample opportunity to win but couldn't come away with it. New Jersey is taking this season to move on from the Martin Brodeur era and it is officially Corey Schneider's team as the former Canucks net minder is getting his first crack at being an every day number one and so far he hasn't been that bad and does give the Devils a chance to win every night. New Jersey forward Damien Brunner returns to the Motor City where he was deemed expendable by Ken Holland and you can be sure that he would like to stick it to his former team and help grab two points for his new side.
The Red Wings will look to continue their winning ways at the Joe on Friday night as they have put up a 4-1-1 mark so far on home ice this season and they can improve on that with a victory over the Devils. Detroit falls into a weird situation this season as they are moving away from being the veteran laden team and moving into a more balanced roster with plenty of former AHL players making key contributions, something we haven't seen from this team in quite some time. Regardless of who is wearing the red and white though they still have Mike Babcock as their coach who is undoubtedly one of the best in the world and as long as he is at the helm I think this team can succeed and with the way Jimmy Howard has played in goal this season you'd be silly to bet against Detroit especially on home ice. I will take them here as the Devils are coming off a tough one in St. Louis last night and I think that carries over into another loss in Detroit.