Minnesota Wild at New Jersey Devils
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
New Jersey Devils +100 / Minnesota Wild -123
The Minnesota Wild and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Wild come into this game looking to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 4-1 loss to Edmonton in their last outing on home ice. Edmonton had a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play and doubled that lead by the 2nd intermission before Joel Eriksson Ek got the Wild on the board with their lone goal of the game. That’s as close as Minnesota got however, as Edmonton would respond just 2:45 later and add an empty net goal late in the 3rd for some insurance. Devan Dubnyk ended up with the loss, falling to 20-18-4 after allowing 3 goals on 22 shots faced in the losing effort.
The New Jersey Devils will look to rebound after a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Islanders in their last outing. Kevin Rooney got the Devils on the board 5:32 into the game but that was all the scoring that the Devils would do, as Edmonton responded by the end of the first and the 1-1 scoreline would hold through the 2nd and 3rd periods. Overtime solved nothing so it was off to a shootout where the Devils missed all 4 of their attempts while the Isles buried the lone goal of the extra skills competition to secure the victory and send the Devils back with just one point in the end. Cory Schneider took the loss, falling to 0-5-2 on the year despite stopping 27 of 28 shots faced in the loss.
Minnesota is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. New Jersey is 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 11-5 in their last 16 games against the Western Conference. Minnesota is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 2-8-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in New Jersey.
Neither of these teams are ones that I feel comfortable backing in their current form. However, while Minnesota is probably the better team of the two right now, the Wild have been more down than up as of late, and the Devils have gotten the upper hand on Minnesota over the years. We are also getting the cheaper price with New Jersey at home where the Devils have by far played their best hockey, so I’ll side with the Devils to add to Minnesota’s misery here.