New Jersey Devils (4-2-2) at Florida Panthers (4-5-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 3, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -167 / New Jersey Devils +133 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New Jersey Devils look for their first win on the road this season as they head into Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers.
The Devils look to continue their strong play as they take on the Florida Panthers in a matchup of two teams with very similar styles, as they both have strong goaltenders and a stingy defensive unit. New Jersey is once again riding the strong play of Corey Schneider who is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves as he has been absolutely brilliant since getting traded from the Vancouver Canucks and with a sparking 1.86 GAA through his first seven games I think it is safe to say that he is a difference maker. New Jersey is also thrilled with the acquisition of Taylor Hall who has been ripping it up in his first season with the Devils and he will need to be sharp tonight if his team is going to find success against Aaron Ekblad and the Panthers defense.
The Panthers meanwhile head into Thursday night’s game sitting with a 4-5-1 mark and haven’t quite had the start that they expected heading into the season but we are still very early and they can turn that around in a hurry. The Cats are pretty heavy favourites in this spot which goes to show how much love they are getting from the odds makers and as a playoff team from a year ago in a home game against a team that wasn’t it is easy to see why. However, these two teams are very close to one another and this one should come down to goaltending and even still it is very tough to call.
The Devils are 0-6 in their last six road games and 2-7 in their last nine against the Atlantic while the Panthers are 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-6 in their last seven against the East. This is going to come down to the wire and with two defensive teams with great goaltending this one should stay under.