There are just two games on the ice on Monday but we’ve still got three NHL picks for you. Read on below to see what we like in the two games.
Arizona Coyotes vs. New Jersey Devils
Odds: Devils -190
It’s not something that gets much attention but the Devils are playing very well right now as they’ve won three straight outings. There’s a good chance they make it four in a row when they get a visit from the hapless Arizona Coyotes. Arizona has been in a big funk – again – as they enter Monday’s meeting on a five-game losing streak. They are having a tough time both scoring goals (12 goals in last eight) and stopping their opponents from scoring (allowed 20 goals in last five). In the game of hockey, it’s pretty hard to fail worse than that.
The Devils have played pretty well at home of late, winning 10 of their last 15 at the Prudential Center. The biggest difference between the teams in this spot will be the goaltending. The Coyotes are a mess, giving up 3.27 goals per game in road games this season, which is the third-worst number in the NHL. As for New Jersey, they allow just 2.07 at home, which is the second-best number. Goaltender Cory Schneider has a 1.78 GAA in his last 19 starts and has a 0.99 GAA in his career against Arizona. There’s too much juice to lay here, so we’ll go with the puck line and the under. Both seem like reasonable NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Devils -1.5 and Under at Bodog
Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks
Odds: Not yet released
The Detroit Red Wings have picked up back-to-back wins against Chicago and Dallas to start their six-game road trip. On Monday, they’ll visit the Anaheim Ducks as the West Coast leg of the trip begins and they might have to go without start forward Henrik Zetterberg, who left the team’s last game after getting punched in the head. Currently there are no NHL betting odds posted for this game, but keep checking!
As for Anaheim, they’ve also won back-to-back games as they’ve been trying to survive without the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen. He’s getting closer to practicing but he’s not ready to return to the lineup. That means we’re likely to see John Gibson, who has been very inconsistent. Gibson has an .899 save percentage this month and has given up 13 goals in his last four games.
Detroit should have Jimmy Howard back between the pipes but he’s been shaky since returning from injury. He was bombed for six goals on Saturday in Dallas and has given up 13 goals in his last four games as well. This month, he has a .904 save percentage, which is just so-so.
This is a fairly even matchup on the side, so I’m going to look for an over in this spot. We’ve got two good offenses as the Ducks are ranked ninth in the NHL at 2.85 goals per game and the Red Wings are eighth at 2.93. Combined with the fact that the goaltending situation is a bit shaky on each side, look for the over to cash in this one.
NHL Pick: Over at The Greek