Colorado Avalanche (5-8-5) at New Jersey Devils (7-7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
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The Devils look for their second win in as many nights on Saturday when they return home to host the Avalanche after blanking the Capitals in DC last night.
The Colorado Avalanche were the talk of the NHL last season for all the right reasons as they erased a league worst record to finish as division winners and clinch a playoff berth before bowing out to the Minnesota Wild in the first round. Fast forward a year and the Avs are once again gaining headlines but this time for the wrong reasons as they have fallen well below expectations and currently sit in the basement of the Central division. The Avalanche did lose Paul Stastny to the Blues in the offseason but they still have a very talented core of players both up front and on the blue line but one constant from last year's team that has been absent this season has been the spectacular play of Semyon Varlamov between the pipes. The Avs will look for just their sixth win of the year and third on the road with an inspired effort on the road against the Devils.
If the Avalanche are one of the up and coming teams in the league with a ton of youngsters on the roster than the Devils are the exact opposite as they have a few young players and a ton of older veterans and while that recipe can lead to success the Devils have been hit and miss through 17 games. New Jersey is coming off one of their most impressive wins of the year however as they blanked the Washington Capitals in DC last night in what was one of Corey Schneider's best games as a professional and now the Devils have to refocus for a home game against the frustrated Avs. While I was one who thought the Avs overachieved last season and weren't as good as their record I am on the other side here saying they aren't bad as they're playing this year while the Devils to me are not a playoff team and I think we see the true representations of both teams in this game.