NHL Betting Futures: New Jersey Devils Win Totals

New Jersey Devils 2016-17 NHL season preview

Monday, October 10, 2016 10:04 PM GMT

The acquisition of Taylor Hall solves some offensive problems but it won't be enough to make the playoffs.


Projected Win Total: 83.5 -110 at Bookmaker
Last Season: 38-36-8 84pts
Standings: Metropolitan Division: 7th / League: 20th (Missed playoffs by 12 points)
Team Notes: Taylor Hall will be what the Devils need offensively but it won't be enough?
2016-17 Stanley Cup Odds: +4000 at BetOnline
Key Statistic: New Jersey averaged just 24.4 shots per game last season (30th)

The New Jersey faithful fans are excited to see if the offseason acquisition of Taylor Hall (29/39/65 -4) from the Edmonton Oilers can catapult them back into the playoffs and why not. Hall, who is one of the league's most gifted offensive wingers, who will also bring grit and energy to a solid first line centered by Adam Henrique (30/20/50 +10) along with Kyle Palmieri (30/27/57 +3) on the right side. In trading Adam Larsson they gave up a lot defensively leaving the Devils plugging one hole while creating another. This is why I suggest pumping the breaks when choosing the 'Over' as NHL pick for the season point total of 83.5.

At Bookmaker, 80.00% of all season point total tickets have been written on the 'over' causing them to raise that side to a -115 across the board. That also means that you now only have to lay -105 on the 'under'. SportsInteraction has a simple 'yes', 'no' prop on whether the Devils will make the playoffs with the 'No' at -385 and the 'yes' coming in at a healthy +251.

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GM Ray Shero admits Larsson will leave a void but has confidence in Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy as his first defensive pairing while John Moore and Damon Severson are to back them up. Greene, a 10-year vet is a solid defender but you can forget about getting an ounce of offense out of him. Lovejoy was brought over from Pittsburgh with a shiny ring in his possession but like Greene is nonexistent on the offensive end.

As much as the first pairing may make you forget Larsson, the second will have you wondering if there could have been other offensive moves made without having to give up their best defensemen.

They are high on French defensemen, Yohann Auvitu, who was named the best defenseman in the Finnish League last season but I can't rely on a guy who hasn't played a minute of NHL Hockey when placing my season wager. From the tape, I could find he will be a serviceable 3rd pair defensemen.

With Larsson leaving, the Devils will also lose their physical leader and their TOI leader.

In order for the 'over' bet to cash, they will rely heavily on their 'Elite goaltender Cory Schneider (27-25-6, 2.15, .924%) but he needs to have an even better year for the Devils to make the playoffs.

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