New Jersey Devils (35-26-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (45-19-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 14, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -230 / New Jersey Devils +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Las Vegas look to continue their remarkable home ice streak as they welcome the New Jersey Devils to town on Wednesday night.
The Devils look to hold onto the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with a huge road win against the Las Vegas Golden Knights but they will need one of their best efforts of the season as they have struggled with the Pacific division and the Knights have been the league’s top home side all season. New Jersey has ridden the exceptional season of Taylor Hall who went on the season’s longest point scoring streak and if the secondary scoring can take a step forward down the stretch and Corey Schneider can maintain his solid play in the New Jersey crease than they could very well sneak into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Schneider is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury who has been a huge reason why the Knights have gone on such a magical run this season.
Vegas meanwhile has been exceptional playing with a day’s rest as they are 21-5 in their last 26 contests and catch a Devils side who will be travelling and as we have seen all season Sin City has not been kind to visitors for obvious reasons both on and off the ice. The Knights continue to defy the odds but they look as though they are going to not only clinch a playoff spot in the coming weeks but they should have no issue locking up top spot in the Pacific and could very well challenge for the President’s Trophy, which would be unprecedented in their inaugural season.
The Devils are 1-7 in their last eight against the West and 5-2 in their last seven road games while the Knights are 23-8 in their last 31 home games and have played to the under in their last five overall. New Jersey needs a win but Vegas has been too good at home to fade them. The value here is on the total and with Jersey’s offense thin after Hall and Vegas being sound defensively I like the under here.