St. Louis Blues (32-10-5) at New Jersey Devils (20-19-11)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +134 / St. Louis Blues -147 --- Over/Under: 5
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After a a four game road trip that saw them lose three times the New Jersey Devils return home to take on one of the best teams in the National Hockey League on Tuesday night. The Devils have had problems all season long scoring goals and on Saturday night that was the problem yet again. Head coach Peter Deboer said it correctly after his teams 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes when he stated that they don't score enough to fall behind the way they did in this game. The Devils found themselves down 2-0 in the first period before Ryane Clowe's goal in the final couple of minutes cut the deficit in half. There was no scoring again until late in the second period when Martin Hanzal increased the Devils deficit to 3-1 heading to the third. New Jersey outshot the Coyotes 11-2 over the final 20 minutes and got a goal from Jaromir Jagr but they couldn't find a way to ge the equalizer. Jagr actually had a chance right after he scored to even the game with another goal but he was denied by Phoenix goalie Mike Smith. Not being able to score isn't something you want to be affiliated with when you're going into a game against the St. Louis Blues this season. The Blues are second in the league in goals per game at 3.45 and they've lit the lamp 162 times this year as a team. St. Louis has the third ranked power play in the league as well so it's imperative that the Devils do a good job of keeping control of the puck and staying out of the box if they're going to win this game. The Blues have lost three of their last four however coming into this contest and they'll be looking to bounce back from a loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Barret Jackman and Jaden Schwartz scored third period goals for the Blues but it wasn't enough in a game they fell behind 3-0 after two periods of play. Brian Elliot dropped just his third regulation game of the year. Although the Ducks have lost a few games here they've at least been to some pretty good hockey clubs. Losses against the Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks aren't anything to be embarrassed about but this is a Blues club that isn't used to poor stretches. Their match up with the Devils is going to be about whether or not they can control play and solve either Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider. An early lead would do wonders for St. Louis against a Devils squad that struggles when they have to play from behind. Look for St. Louis to bounce back and get back in the win column on Tuesday.