Place NHL Pick for Devils vs. Islanders Under Betting Total

Ross Benjamin

Monday, December 15, 2014 1:27 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 1:27 PM GMT

There are only 2-games lined tonight, and we’ve been able to uncover betting value in the New Jersey Devils vs. NY Islanders game. Our article for this contest includes a 68-32 NHL totals betting system.

Metropolitan Division Showdown on the Island
The Islanders will host the Devils at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York as one of Monday's three NHL matches with the opening faceoff slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bovada, the Islanders are a -185 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. These teams met once this season, and the Islanders skated away with a 3-1 home win on November 29th. That game easily went under the total of 5.5.

 

Devils Struggling Offensively
The New Jersey Devils enter tonight’s game having scored 2-goals or less in 4 of the last 5 and 11 of their last 15-games overall. They’ve been anemic offensively in their 11-games versus Metropolitan Division opponents this season by averaging just 2.1 goals per contest. The Devils have gone a terrible 2-for-16 on the power play over their previous 5-games. Tonight’s listed probable starter in goal is Cory Schneider. He’s posted a more than respectable .916 save percentage in 20-starts this season. The Devils have seen 8 of their last 11-games on the road go under the total.

 

A Flexible Team
The New York Islanders have proven that they can play whatever style the opposition chooses. They’re one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, and most especially when playing on home ice where they average an impressive 3.7 goals per game. However, it must be noted, the Islanders have gone under the NHL odds total in 6 of their last 7-games on home ice. Their listed probable starting goaltender for tonight is Jaroslav Halak. He’s seen 5 of his 7-starts versus Metropolitan Division rivals go under the total, compiled an excellent .944 save percentage in doing so, and also posted one shutout to boot.

 

Final Analysis
Tonight will be the Islanders 4th game in the last 7-days. The Devils will be playing their 8th game in the last 14-days. Those two factors combined set up a profitable NHL totals betting system over the past few seasons. I will certainly utilize that particular sports handicapping tool when making one of my NHL picks for today.

Any home team with a total of 5.5 that’s playing their 4th game in the last 7-days, versus an opponent which has played 8-games or more during the last 14-days, has seen 68 of those 100-games (68%) go under the total during the past 3-seasons.

Free NHL Pick: Devils/Islanders under the total of 5.5 at BetOnline Sportsbook

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