Bet the 'Over' for Stars vs. Devils NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:28 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 12:28 PM UTC

Our resident NHL betting odds guru examines the total in tonight’s game between the Stars/Devils. Read this intriguing NHL betting preview article which includes a free pick.

Stars In Jersey On Friday Night
The Devils entertain the Stars today at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with a scheduled start time of 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, New Jersey is a -120 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These teams met twice last season, and the Devils won both games 3-2 at Dallas, and 1-0 at home.


Lindy Does Dallas
Long time Buffalo Sabres head coach took over in Dallas last season, led the Stars to the playoffs, and expectations are even higher this season. After opening the season by losing the first two games, they’ve bounced back to win 3 of their last 4. The Stars offense has found its stride over the past 4-games, scoring 18-goals, and they went over the total in 3 of those 4. The good news is the Dallas Stars have converted 23.8% of their power play opportunities so far, and the bad news is that opponents are converting 24.0% of power play chances against them. Kari Lehtonen has been solid in goal for the Stars going 3-2 with a stellar .913 save percentage.


Seesaw Start for Devils
New Jersey opened the year by winning their first 3-games, and has since dropped 3 in a row heading into tonight. They’ve also gone over the total in 5 of those 6-games. The New Jersey Devils special teams have been very similar to tonight’s opponent. They’ve converted an outstanding 26.1% of their power play chances, and allowed opponents to cash in on 27.6% of their man advantage situations. Corey Schneider has started all 6-games in goal for the Devils, and has been ordinary at best with a .898 save percentage.


Final Analysis
This one has all the ear marks of a high scoring game. Both teams have been exceptional on the power play, but their penalty killing units have struggled. My lean for your NHL picks is on the total in this game.

Free NHL Pick: Stars/Devils to go over the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes

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