Playing for Pride
The Devils host the Islanders on Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with the opening face-off slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Devils are a -180 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The road team has won 4 of the last 5 meetings, and these teams have also seen just 2 of their last 11 games at the Prudential Center stay under the total. Both of these teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.
The Islanders may have been eliminated from playoff consideration for quite some time now, but they haven’t allowed it to affect their play on the road. The Islanders are coming off a 2-0 win at Montreal last night, and have now gone 16-8 versus the money line in their last 24 road games. They’ve also earned at least 1-point in 18 of those 24-games. Last night marked the 4th consecutive road game that the Islanders have gone under the total. Unfortunately, they’ve been a horrible 27-62 versus the money line in their last 89-games when playing with no rest. Tonight will be the Islanders 3rd game in the last 4-days, and they’ve seen 7 of their last 9 go over the total in that exact situation.
Devil of a Time Scoring
The New Jersey Devils are coming off a 2-1 loss at Ottawa last night. They’ve now scored 2-goals or less in 4 of their last 5, and 6 of the last 8 games. The Devils have gone under the total just once in their last 10-games. The bad news for the Devils is that they’re 3-7 in their last 10-games versus the money line when playing with no rest. The good news is that they’re 39-19 against the money line in their last 58 home games versus an opponent with a losing record. New Jersey has been terrific this season on special teams ranking 1st statistically in the NHL with their penalty killing, and are 9th on the power play.
NHL Betting System
Any home team with a total of 5.0 or less that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, and they’re averaging 2.4 goals or less per game in addition to scoring 1-goal or less in each of their previous 2-games, has gone over the total in 48 of those 66-games (72.7%) during the last 18 seasons.
Free Pick: Islanders/Devils to go over the total of 5.0