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New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings

New Jersey Devils (29-39-9, 67 points) @ Detroit Red Wings (29-38-10, 68 points)

March 28, 2019, 7:30 PM EST (Little Caesars Arena)

Moneyline: New Jersey -115/ Detroit Red Wings -105

Puckline: New Jersey Devils -1.5

Over/Under: 5.5

ESPN NHL Scores: Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils

Only five games remain till the playoffs begin, but the New Jersey Devils haven’t needed to worry about that for months. After beating the Sabres on Monday, they reluctantly hold a two-game win streak.

Owners of another reluctant winning streak (at least from the fan’s perspective) are Detroit. They’ve now won their third game in a row and are watching their chances at Jack Hughes slip away.

New Jersey Devils

Having not played since Monday, it was important to see how the New Jersey Devils have faired the last time they had three days off in a row. This season, the Devils have run into this scenario five times and won three of them, scoring 4.2 goals per game.

The problem for the Devils has been scoring since January. This is also the month that the Devils lost Taylor Hall for the year, the only point-per-game skater on the team.

Since then, the Devils have slid into the 24th spot in GoalsFor this season, they’re ranked 27th in CorsiFor% and the 21st ranked team shooting percentage.

Adding to the struggles of the Devils this year is the 3rd worst team save percentage. With a combination of not shooting, not scoring, and not stopping the puck, the Devils have created a perfect recipe for failure.

Detroit Red Wings

In the most recent three-game winning streak, the Red Wings top lines have shined. Dylan Larkin walked away with four points while Andreas Athanasiou had three points and Anthony Mantha earned six points.

It is still crazy to think that Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha have been “stars” for this team, but own such low PDO scores and oiSH% ratings. Both men owning less than 8% on-ice shooting percentages, meaning they had not received help from their linemates this season.

The 2019-19 season has been done for a while, for the Red Wings, but as they close out the final five games, watch for the top two lines to continue to open up as these forwards keep looking for better contracts, roles, and playing time going into the 2019-20 season.

Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends

New Jersey Devils

Devils are 4-10 SU in its last 14 games

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey’s last 6 games

New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games

Red Wings are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Detroit is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games

Free NHL Predictions: New Jersey Devils @ Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings have proved in the last three games that they aren’t quitting on the season, but Devils have two in a row too. That being said, the Devils still continued to score, even during this recent win streak.

The biggest difference coming into this game is the amount rest each team is coming in with. The Devils are coming in with three days of rest, while the Wings played last night.

I think that will bode well for the Devils, allowing them to start taking over the game in the 2nd and 3rd period. It’ll limit the scoring chances of both teams, resulting in a low scoring affair. The question will be: “How many goals are scored in the 1st?”

Pick: Red Wings +1.5, Under 5.5

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