Edmonton Oilers (20-13-7) at New Jersey Devils (16-16-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 7, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Edmonton Oilers --- Over/Under:
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The Edmonton Oilers look to build on their big win against the Boston Bruins as they head into New Jersey to take on the Devils on Saturday.
The Oilers look to snap out of their funk against the Metro division as they are winless in their last five games but take on a Devils side that has been woeful of late despite having a very strong home ice record. The Oilers got a hat trick from Patrick Maroon and a big effort from Cal Talbot as they took down the Bruins at the TD Garden on Thursday night and will be out for an encore as they take on the Devils here who are still without Taylor Hall, so the fire works here will be a little bit quieter. Edmonton has struggled against good home ice teams as they are 9-42 in their last 51 road games against a team with a home ice winning percentage greater than .600 but with momentum on their side they are in a good position here, especially with the Devils playing last night.
New Jersey meanwhile is coming off a loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night and will turn to backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid in this one after Corey Schneider took the loss last night. The Devils haven’t been able to play at a consistent level to get in the mix in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and part of that is their lack of success playing on back to back nights and heading into tonight’s game they have dropped four of their last five when playing the back end of a double header and this isn’t a great match up for them either. The Devils also struggle against the Western Conference as they are 2-8 in their last 10 and have fallen to 4-10 in their last 14 across all competition.
The Oilers are 2-7 in their last nine against the Eastern Conference and 0-5 in their last five against the Metro while the Devils are 9-4 in their last 13 against the Pacific and 1-4 in their last five Saturday games. Edmonton is coming off a big win against the Bruins and I think they keep it going here against the Devils who look lost right now and will have their back up goalie in net.