Detroit Red Wings (18-20-7) at New Jersey Devils (24-13-8)
|Date & Time||Monday January 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under:
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The Detroit Red Wings look to snap out of their road losing ways as they head into New Jersey to take on the Devils on Monday night.
The Red Wings look to snap out of their 1-4 road stretch as they take on the New Jersey Devils on Monday night who have slid into a tough 2-7 stretch overall, are quickly falling out of the playoff position in the East, and have dropped five of their last seven games against Atlantic division foes. Detroit ended their remarkable playoff streak last season and don’t appear as though they are going to start a new one this season as they are fighting tooth and nail just to stay above the .500 mark and if they can’t find a way out of their losing streak here they could very well end up with a top end draft pick instead of competing for this season’s Stanley Cup. Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Corey Schneider who needs to regain his form from a season ago as the Devils have hit a speed bump and need their MVP to step up if they’re going to stay in the playoff picture.
The Devils meanwhile have been red hot at home but unfortunately for them they have spent the last stretch of time on the road and have just two wins in their last nine games and have gone from being a dark horse team in the East to a group that could miss out on the playoffs altogether. New Jersey does have some very nice pieces but overall I think they are a team that has overachieved this season and is starting to regress back to to the team many expected to see coming into the playoffs as a fringe postseason team that could be on the edge of qualification. New Jersey has beaten up on teams with a losing road record and with the Wings struggling outside of Detroit this looks like a spot the Devils can snap out of their losing streak.
The Red Wings are 7-3 in their last 10 Monday games and are 3-8 in their last 11 against the Metro while the Devils are 2-5 in their last seven against the East and 7-2 in their last nine home games. Detroit is a mess and while New Jersey isn’t playing the greatest I think the Devils get it done at home in this spot.