NHL Picks: Devils vs. Canucks Betting Preview

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:46 PM GMT

The New Jersey Devils play their 2nd game of a 5-game Canadian road trip tonight when they take on the Vancouver Canucks with a scheduled 10:05 p.m. ET faceoff.

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According to current NHL betting odds the Canucks are a -180 money line favorite and the posted total is 5.5. In addition Vancouver is -1.5 (+165) on the puck-line. This will be the Devils first trip to Vancouver since 11/1/2010. These two clubs will meet for the 2nd and final time of the season on October 24th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. What do the sports betting odds tell us about this match?

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Having a Devil of a Time

The New Jersey Devils have yet to get a win in their first 3-games of the season. They’ve now lost 2 straight games via the shootout. Last night’s 5-4 shootout loss at Edmonton was especially tough to swallow. They led the game 3-0 entering the 3rd period and had the security of future hall of fame inductee Marty Brodeur in goal. The Oilers came out and shocked the Devils with 4-goals in a span of 7:47 to take a 4-3 lead. New Jersey didn’t quit as they tied it on a shorthanded goal by Patrick Elias with just 0:54 remaining in regulation time. However, Brodeur failed to stop Jordan Eberle and David Perron on the Oilers first 2 shootout attempts, while the Devils failed to convert on either of theirs. If New Jersey hopes to turn things around they have to improve in the faceoff department. The Oilers were able win 43 of 68 (63.2%) draws in last night’s game. Cory Schneider will get the start in goal tonight for New Jersey. This will be the first time that Schneider will face the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NHL entry draft. Schneider was traded to New Jersey in the offseason for the Devils 1st round and 9th overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft.

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The Lamp has been lit for the Canucks

The Canucks have struck for 11-goals in their last 2-games. After losing their season opener Vancouver has rebounded with wins over Edmonton 6-2 at home and a 5-4 overtime thriller at Calgary on Sunday night. Henrik Sedin is off to a terrific start accounting for 5-points all on assists through the first 3-games. Center Mike Santorelli had a huge game in the overtime triumph at Calgary scoring 2-goals including the game winner in sudden death. Rookie goalie Eddie Lack earned his first career win on Sunday night stopping 32 of 36 shots on goal. Roberto Luongo is expected to be back between the pipes for the Canucks this evening.

Final Analysis

I’m sure that Cory Schneider would like nothing more than come up with a huge game against the team that traded him away less than 4-months ago. However, the Devils confidence was severely shaken after blowing a 3-goal third period lead last night, while failing to capture their first win of the season in the process of doing so. Contrarily the Canucks are exuding confidence after their come from behind win at Calgary on Sunday night that earned them a 2nd win in a row. My lean here is to lay the 1.5-goals with the Canucks on the puck-line for my NHL picks.

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NHL Pick: Vancouver -1.5 (+165) on the puck line over New Jersey, available at William Hill

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