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New Jersey Devils vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/22/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (32-20-7) at New Jersey Devils (31-21-8)
Date & Time Thursday February 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New Jersey Devils -130 / Minnesota Wild +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-North, MSG+
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The Minnesota Wild travel to the Prudential Center for an NHL tilt with the New Jersey Devils.

The Minnesota Wild will be looking to solidify their position for the postseason going forward with the team picking up 14 points in their past ten games. Minnesota comes off of a 5-3 win at the NY Islanders where New York received goals from Ross Johnston, Anders Lee and Tanner Fritz which fell short with Jaroslav Halak allowing five goals on 32 shots.

The explosive Wild attack featured a pair of goals off the stick of Jason Zucker while Joel Eriksson, Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis also found the back of the net. Minnesota received a pair of helpers from Ryan Suter and Matt Dumba to lift Devan Dubnyk and his 32 stops to the win. 

The New Jersey Devils are looking to begin another hot streak after a 2-1 defeat to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets put an end to a four game winning streak. New Jersey had scored 17 goals during their hot streak managed just a second period tally from Taylor Hall while Keith Kinkaid took the loss with two goals allowed on 19 shots. 

The Blue Jackets received a first period goal from Boone Jenner with Scott Harrington finding the back of the net in the second with the eventual game winner. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win for Columbus with a 30 save performance.

Over is 5-0 in Wild last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 5-1 in Wild last 6 games following a win. Devils are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and Devils are 1-7 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Wild are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and Wild are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey and under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in New Jersey.  

The Devils have come to life a bit lately so I’ll give them a small edge on their home ice…

Pick:
New Jersey -130 // will update

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