According to NHL betting odds the Devils are a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Ottawa has won the last 4 meetings between these teams. The home team has won 11 of the last 15-games in this head-to-head series. These clubs have seen just 17 of their last 58 meetings go over the total.
The Dull Devils
If you want to sell someone on the excitement of the NHL I would advise you don’t take them to a Devils game. New Jersey games are averaging the least amount of shots on goal per contest. The Devils are dead last in the NHL averaging just 25.4 shots on goal per game, and they’re the best in the NHL allowing just an average of 24.5 shots on per contest. New Jersey hasn’t played since a 3-0 home win over Tampa Bay last Saturday. The Devils have gone over the total in just 3 of their 14 home games this season. This will be the front end of a 3-game in 4-day sequence for the Devils. At the time of this writing the Devils are tied for 5th in the Metropolitan Division, and tied for 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Starting to Show Signs
Ottawa is finally starting to show signs of snapping out of their early season funk. The Senators have gone 3-2 in their last 5, and have earned at least 1-point in 4 of their last 6-games. In their most recent game they were a 3-2 overtime winner at home versus a very good St. Louis Blue team. They will return to the Canadian Tire Center tomorrow night to begin a 3-game home stand versus the Florida Panthers. Ottawa is currently 6th in the 8-team Atlantic Division, and 9th overall in the Eastern Conference.
NHL Super System
Any road team that’s playing in the first half of the season, and has played 8 or more games in the last 14-days, they have a winning percentage of .400 to .490, versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .250 to .400 is 24-8 (75%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 1997-1998 season. We feel confident adding the Senators to our NHL picks for this one.
Free Pick: Ottawa +100 over New Jersey