New Jersey Devils at Minnesota Wild
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line: New Jersey Devils +178 / Minnesota Wild -220 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild meet Friday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The New Jersey Devils could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 24 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Blake Coleman has 155 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 34 goals on 257 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 121 goals on 1,143 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.
The Minnesota Wild could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mikael Granlund has 33 assists and Eric Staal has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 118 goals on 1,321 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 36 goals on 332 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Devils are 18-38 in their last 56 games as an underdog, 18-39 in their last 57 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The over is 4-1 in Devils last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 10-3 in Wild last 13 home games. The Devils are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I'm not sure laying this much juice with a struggling Minnesota Wild squad is the best idea, but anything beats betting on the New Jersey Devils in their current form. There's no way you can see the Devils defense the last few games and say you're comfortable getting behind them, especially on the end of a back to back. The Minnesota Wild should win this game, so I'll bite the bullet and lay the rather steep price. Backing the Devils right now simply isn't an option for me.