Philadelphia vs. New Jersey NHL Picks: Expect Low Score at the Devil's Rock

Bruce Webster

Friday, December 4, 2015 7:35 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Flyers meet the New Jersey Devils at 7: PM ET on Friday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. What will be the wisest NHL pick based on the NHL odds breakdown?

Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-4-1 SU, 13-12 PL, 6-12-7 OU) vs New Jersey Devils (13-8-2-2 SU, 13-12 PL, 9-13-3 OU)
Lines: -121
Total: 5

The Philadelphia Flyers enter this game riding a three game win streak after knocking off Ottawa 4-2 on the road on Tuesday night, while the New Jersey Devils will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Colorado when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.  New Jersey has won five of the last six in the series. Let's review the NHL odds for this matchup.

 

Flyers Beat Sens, Win Third Straight
For the first time this year, the Flyers have won three games in a row, thanks to their 4-2 win in Ottawa on Tuesday night. With the score tied at 2-2 in the second period it was Wayne Simmonds that gave the Flyers the lead for good with just 3:25 left in the period. It was his 6th goal of the year and he also had an assist in the game as well. Sean Couturier had a solid game as well as he scored a goal and had two assists. 

Grabbing the win for the Flyers was steve Mason, who has not had a good year at all so far. Right now he is 5-11 with a 2.73 GAA, while vs the Devils in his career he has gone 0-7 with a 3.70 GAA. The Flyers may go with Michal Neuvirth in this one, who is 5-4 with a 2.05 GAA on the year, while vs the Devils he has gone just 4-6, but with a solid 1.94 GAA. The Flyers bring the worst offense in the league into this game as they have averaged just 1.9 gpg, while also bring in the 28th ranked power play unit as well. On defense they have been near the middle of the pack, ranking 18th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and 13th in penalty kill. 

 

Defense Keeping the Devils Afloat
The New Jersey Devils really need to get their offense going as it is squandering some good defensive play. Still it has been the play of their defense that has them at .500 for the year so far. Prior to their game vs Carolina, the New Jersey Devils come in ranked 8th in the league in goals allowed, giving up just 2.4 gpg, while also ranking 4th in shots allowed (27.9 spg) and 4th in penalty kill (84.7%). Cory Schneider has been the key performer in goal for the Devils with a 2.03 GAA on the year, but he will not get this start as he should be in goal vs Carolina. Keith Kinkaid should get the start and he has struggled so far, going 1-3 with a 3.04 GAA on the year. Kinkaid is 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA vs the Flyers. 

If this team had any kind of the offense, they might actually be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference, but they just don’t have it on the offensive end. The Offense is led by Adam Henrique, who has 11 goal on the year, while Kyle Palmieri has nine, Michael Cammalleri has seven and Travis Zajac has six. No one else on the team has more than five. The Devils just don’t have many scoring options and come in ranked 25th in scoring (2.3 gpg), 30th in shots taken (25.8 spg) and 10th in power play conversions (20.2%).

 

Trends for Philadelphia:
The Under is 11-3-4 in their last 18 games playing on two  days rest
The Under is 5-1-1 in their last seven road games

 

Trends for New Jersey:
The Under is 33-8-11 in their last 52 home games
The Under is 30-14-12 in their last 56 games playing on 0 days rest.

These are two of the worst offensive squad in the league and they will face each other on Friday night. Will anyone actually score in this game? The Flyers are dead last in scoring at 1.9 gpg and they have averaged just 2.08 gpg on the road, while the Devils are 25th in scoring and have averaged just 1.92 gpg at home for the year. There just will not be many goals scored in this game. Take that into account for your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at BetOnline

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