NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Devils Total Will Skate Under 5 Goals

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 8, 2015 6:04 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 6:04 PM GMT

The New Jersey Devils are coming off a big win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on home ice. Can they stay hot when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night?

Momentum
New Jersey registered an impressive 4-2 win over the Blackhawks in which they absolutely dominated the game from start to finish and they are now 7-2-1 over the course of their last 10 games overall. The Devils have shown they have the talent to compete with every team they have faced to this point and will look to carry over the momentum from their latest win when they host the Canucks.

Meanwhile, Vancouver will be back on the ice just over 24 hours after opening a seven-game road trip with a loss at Buffalo on Saturday afternoon. The Canucks have struggled with consistency of late including just three wins in their previous 10. While their offense is averaging 2.8 goals per game, they’ve simply failed to execute in a lot of close games. Each of their seven losses have been by exactly one goal.

 

Projected Starting Goalies
Ryan Miller has started 13 of Vancouver’s 14 games this season and while he was back in goal against his former team in Buffalo on Saturday, there has been no definitive word on whether he or Richard Bachman will get the nod on Sunday. Bachman won his only start this season but he gave up three goals on 31 shots in that contest and there is no doubt there is a drop off from Miller to him in goal.

Meanwhile, Sunday will mark the opportunity for the Devils’ goaltender to play his former team with Cory Schneider set to get the nod against the Canucks. Schneider is 7-3-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .923 save percentage this season and is easily the biggest reason why New Jersey has been so good of late.

 

Outlook
The Devils had Saturday off and will be fresh for Sunday’s contest with momentum on their side. That’s on the heels of their big win over Chicago where they cashed on the NHL Odds. Schneider has been outstanding in goal for New Jersey and should be at his best with the opportunity to shine against his former team. The Devils have struggled with consistency up front but newcomers Lee Stempniak and Kyle Palmieri have helped provide a little more offense and as long as they continue to slow down opponents at the other end of the ice they will only need two or three goals to win most games. The Canucks are in tough playing their second road game in as many nights to start an extended trip and while Miller could still get the start for them they still face an uphill climb against a tight checking opponent that won’t give them much room. Secondary scoring has been a bit of an issue for Vancouver so far and fatigue won’t help the Sedin twins as they try to carry the load up front. This will be a tight, low scoring game with neither side willing to give up much. I don’t like the juice with the Devils as the Canucks have been playing a lot of close games, so go with the under instead for your NHL Picks.

NFL Pick: Under 5 at The Greek

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