NHL Picks: Devils Injuries Too Much To Overcome, Take Coyotes -126

Mark Lathrop

Saturday, January 16, 2016 3:28 PM GMT

The Coyotes have been on a hot streak lately. Can they keep it going as they welcome the cold-shooting New Jersey Devils to town? Check our free NHL pick inside.

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NHL Pick: Coyotes -126
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Devils vs. Coyotes
In early Saturday NHL action, we have the New Jersey Devils (21-19-5, 47 Pts.) on the road in Phoenix to take on the Arizona Coyotes (22-16-5, 49 Pts.) in an inter-conference matchup. With these teams exhibiting very similar win-loss records, it is no surprise that the money line is as tight as it is, with the home team Coyotes shaded a bit at -124. The total is favoring an under play at the moment, currently listed at 5 with -120. If a puck line is more your fancy, Arizona is favored by 1.5, but you’ll get +230 taking that bet at Pinnacle.

Early money line movement is on New Jersey, as they have dropped from +118 to +112 on the NHL odds board. The more significant line movement is towards the Under, as the price of taking under 5 has risen from -114 to -125 at the same book.

New Jersey is not having a good January so far, compiling a 1-6-1 record so far in the month. To be fair, they’ve been on the road most of the month and get to go back to New Jersey after this game. A reward?

The Devils are coming off of a 3-0 shutout loss at Colorado, where they got blanked by 3rd string goalie, Calvin Pickard. All three Colorado goals came of of Devils turnovers as well. Not a good showing by the New Jersey offense and it continued a trend in that they haven’t scored more than two goals in regulation in January.

In an effort to jump start the offense New Jersey made some roster moves on Friday, bringing up wingers Reid Boucher and Brian O’Neill. Neither player has played well enough to stick on an NHL roster thus far, but this team is desperate for some offensive skill. They’ve also been decimated by injury in their forwards, losing six players recently to injured reserve. No team is going to be able to recover from that lack of depth.

Arizona got a little younger on defense on Friday, as they traded “NHL All-Star Captain” John Scott to the Montreal for defenseman Jarred Tinordi. Tinordi had only appeared in three games for the Canadiens and was a prior 1st round draft pick in 2010. He never was able to log plus minutes in Montreal so hopefully for the Coyotes a change in scenery is good for him.

Arizona is coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit at home on Thursday. The loss snapped a four game winning streak for the Coyotes that started on the road in Vancouver. The Coyotes are 4-0-2 in January and have not lost a game in regulation in the month. Their next four games are at home so they have a chance to make up some ground in the Pacific Division as they are 8 points out of first place behind the Los Angeles Kings. Arizona is 12-6-3 at home this season.

Interestingly enough, the Devils away record is a winning one compared to their home record. New Jersey is 12-9-2 on the road so far this year.

These teams met once this year already in New Jersey in October. The Devils came away with a win in that matchup, 3-2, even though they were outshot 25-20 by they Coyotes. However, this will be a different lineup for the Devils in this game due to all of the injuries that they have had since then. The recent slide by the Devils is a symptom of this, and Arizona won’t be a place that they get healthy. I’m taking the hot team and the Coyotes to win this game -124 at Pinnacle as one of my NHL Picks