Winnipeg Jets (10-11-4) at New Jersey Devils (9-9-5)
|Date & Time||Monday November 25, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -157 / Winnipeg Jets +143 --- Over/Under: 5
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It was a successful West Coast road trip for the New Jesey Devils but it didn't end on a winning note. The Devils still have to be happy about heading to California and taking two of three from some of the best teams in the National Hockey League. Jaromir Jagr was the hero on consecutive nights in Anaheim and Los Angeles but there was no one to lift this team up on Saturday night in San Jose. Even with the victories there's still cause for concern because the Devils just aren't generating much offense at all right now. New Jersey knew that they would have problems replacing the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk but a lot of the pieces they brought in over the summer have not panned out as of yet. Jagr has been very good for the Devils but Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder need to be better in order for this club to be successful. Martin Brodeur has been great in goal and Cory Schneider has been good as well but with the way the offense looks right now the Devils are going to need to find a way to control play more and generate more chances or these types of games will catch up with them in the second half of the season.
The Winnipeg Jets were rolling to start the month of Novembe, winners of five of their first six games before their recent losing streak hit. Since then the Jets have lost four straight games, the last three of which have come on home ice. That's not something we're used to seeing from the Winnipeg Jets who have one of the best home ice advantages in the league in front of a raucous crowd. Now the Jetswill have to hope they can find their game on the road because Monday night in New Jersey marks the start of a six game road trip.Their most recent defeat came at the hands on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Leading 1-0 entering the third period the Jets could not hang on, allowing the Wild to score twice in the third period and eventually win it 3-2 in a shootout. Winnipeg has found different ways to lose during this stretch but one thing they need to do on Monday is take it right to the Devils. New Jersey has struggled dictating play and if the Jets can control the puck and put some pressure on the Devils constantly it should give them a chance to win a game against a tough opponent on the road.