NHL Picks: Devils/Red Wings to go Under the Total

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 3:55 PM UTC

Our NHL consultant examines tonight’s game between New Jersey and Detroit. Join us in reading his insightful NHL betting preview article on this contest which concludes with a selection on the total.

Devils in Motown for New Year’s Eve
The Detroit Red Wings will host the New Jersey Devils today with the opening puck drop coming at 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Pinnacle, Detroit is a -200 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Detroit has won both of their games versus New Jersey this season, and went 2-1 against the Devils a year ago. Four of those previously mentioned five games went over the total.


Recent Low Scoring Prevalent in Devils Games
The New Jersey Devils have seen each of their previous 7-games go under the total, and they scored just 10-goals combined during that time. As a matter of fact, the Devils have seen just 1 of their previous 12-games go over the total. The good news, they’re coming off a 3-1 home win over Pittsburgh in their previous game which enabled them to snap a 3-game losing streak. It was just the 3rd time in the last 9-games that the Devils scored more than 2-goals. Cory Schneider is slated to get the start in goal for New Jersey tonight, and he’s been red-hot of late. In his last four starts Schneider has compiled an excellent .942 save percentage.


Red Wings Struggling
The Detroit Red Wings are coming off a 5-2 loss at Boston in their previous game. They’ve now gone a dismal 2-7 in their last 9-contests. Detroit has seen just two of their previous ten games go over the total. The Red Wings have also gone over the total in just one of their previous seven games at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Detroit will go with Jimmy Howard in goal tonight. Howard has been terrific over his last four starts by posting a stellar .939 save percentage.


Final Analysis
It pains me when I have to side with the general public on one of my selections. However, as the cliché goes, “get over it”. Both of these clubs are struggling to score goals with any regularity in recent weeks. As I alluded to earlier, the scheduled starting goaltenders for tonight’s game are extremely hot right now. I’ll have a slight lean toward a low scoring game for one of my NHL picks on New Year’s Eve.

NHL Pick:  Devils and Red Wings to go under the total of 5.0 at Pinnacle

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