Lay NHL Picks With the Devils on Road vs. Inferior Maple Leafs

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:12 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 5:12 PM GMT

The Devils come in a 4-2 win over Florida, but still have won just 4 of 10 games. For the Maple Leafs, they are off a shocking road win over the Blues. Our NHL pick fades the underdog tonight.

New Jersey Devils (14-10-1-2 SU, 16-11 PL, 9-10-8 OU) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (9-13-1-4 SU, 17-10 PL, 11-15-1 OU)
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Where: Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario
Lines: New Jersey -108/ Toronto -102
Total: 5


Devils Make the Most of Their Shots in Win over Sens
The New Jersey Devils have been a pretty efficient offensive squad this year as they rank 30th in shots taken per game (25.3 spg), but rank 18th in scoring at 2.5 gpg. That gives them an offensive efficiency ranking of 11th in the league (9.47%). That offensive efficiency was in full display on Sunday as they scored four goals on the Panthers Roberto Luongo and they did on just 18 shots in the game. That’s a shooting percentage of 22.2% for the game. Michael Cammalleri leads the team in points with 30 and he stayed hot notching a goal and an assist in the game to give him four goals and three assists in his last three games. 

Cory Schneider had a solid game as he stopped 34 Panthers shots in the win. Schneider has been very solid in goal all year for New Jersey and has allowed two goals exact in six of his last seven starts. For the year now he is 12-10 with a very solid 2.11 GAA. He should also get the start here and is 4-2 with a 1.60 GAA in his career vs the Maple Leafs. New Jersey has had very little issues at all in the defensive end of the ice as they come in ranked 8th in the league in goals allowed (2.4 gpg), 6th in shots allowed (28.2 spg) and 8th in penalty kill (83.7%). 


Leafs Shock Blues on the Road
The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t shock many of the better teams in the league on the road this year, but they did so in a 4-1 win at St Louis on Saturday night. Toronto is now just 5-10 on the road this year. Nazem Kadri was the offensive start in the game for the Leafs as he notched two goals in the win. They were his 4th and 5th goals of the year. Also scoring for the leafs was Brad Boyes, who scored his second of the year and P.A. Parenteau, who notched his 7th of the year, but just his first in the last eight games. 

In goal for the Maple Leafs was rookie Garrett Sparks, who was making just his 3rd career start. He stopped 27 shots in the game to improve his record to 2-1 with a 2.34 GAA on the year. This was a much better showing than in his last start; in which he allowed six goals by Winnipeg. He may also get the start here as Reimer is listed as questionable for this game. The Leafs check in at 28th in the league in scoring, putting up just 2.2 gpg, while also ranking just 19th in power play conversions (18.1%). On defense the Leafs are 16th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and 16th in penalty kill (80.5%).


New Jersey Trends:
12-2 in their last 14 games playing on one day rest
8-3 in their last 11 road games

Toronto Trends:
3-12 in their last 15 games playing on days days rest
12-40 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference


Betting Analysis
Let’s go with the Devils here, who have been a solid road team of late in beating the NHL Odds. The Leafs are off a shocking road win over the Blues and just may come into this game a bit flat as they are a young team. Cory Schneider rates the edge over Sparks, or whoever they throw in there and the Devils offense is starting to wake up. Too many edges for the Devils in this one, side with them when making your NHL Picks.  

Free NHL Pick: New Jersey Devils -103 at Heritage

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