Two of the leagues best at converting on the power play, the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings collide at Little Caesars Arena for an Eastern Conference showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, and you can witness the game live on Fox Sports Detroit.
New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
New Jersey is 12-9 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 6.0 units this season. Through 21 regular season matches, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team in 2017-18, the Devils are 7-4 SU.
New Jersey has converted on 22.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Devils have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 30.8 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Cory Schneider (9-7-3) has been the top option in goal for New Jersey this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach John Hynes could go with Keith Kinkaid (4-3-1 record, .905 save percentage, 3.08 goals against average).
The visiting Devils will be led by Taylor Hall and Will Butcher. Hall has 21 points via six goals and 15 assists, and has recorded two or more points five times. Butcher has two goals and 14 assists to his name, and has logged a point in 11 games.
Detroit is 10-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 22 regular season contests, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while another 11 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 4-6 SU as the home team this year.
The Red Wings have converted on 23.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Red Wings players have been penalized 4.5 times per game in total this season, and 3.7 per game over their past ten outings. The teams had to kill penalties a whopping 19.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jimmy Howard has stopped 28.3 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has eight wins, nine losses, and two OT losses and has registered a .923 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Dylan Larkin (four goals, 16 assists).
New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Under
- New Jersey is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 2-1 in shootouts.
- The over has hit in three of Detroit’s last five games.
- Over New Jersey’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
- New Jersey skaters have dished out the leagues 12th-most hits per game (21.8), but the teams recorded just 17.2 hits over their last five away games.