Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Prudential Center will be the site for an Eastern Conference matchup as the Detroit Red Wings visit New Jersey to take on the Devils. It’s the third and final time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The match gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 22, and you’ll be able to view it live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils Odds

Netting moneyline bettors 5.8 units, New Jersey is 24-21 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is a remarkable improvement over the 28-54 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 45 games this season, 25 have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the teams 13-9 SU at home.

The Devils have been able to convert on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties.

The Devils, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.0 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over their last five matchups total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 14.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Averaging 29.3 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, Cory Schneider (18-15-6) has been the best option in goal for New Jersey this season. If head coach John Hynes decides to give him a breather, however, New Jersey could turn to Keith Kinkaid (7-7-7 record, .892 save percentage, 3.28 goals against average).

Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Devils. Hall (48 points) has put up 17 goals and 31 assists and has recorded two or more points 15 times this year. Bratt has 12 goals and 18 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 20 contests.

On the other bench, Detroit is 18-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 24 of its contests have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. The Red Wings are 8-12 SU as the away team this season.

The Red Wings have converted on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Detroit’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jimmy Howard (.913 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 26.7 saves per game and has 14 wins, 23 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.

Dylan Larkin (seven goals, 29 assists) has been one of the most vital offensive playmakers for the visiting Red Wings.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 3-4 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The total has gone over in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
  • Eight of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-5 in those games.