Betting on the New Jersey Devils to win hockey games in 2019 is a rough go. To put it mildly, the Devils are simply one of the worst teams in the league to this point in the schedule. But New Jerseys has actually won two games within the last week. Small victories here Devils fans. Small victories.
First the Devils managed to scrape by the Winnipeg Jets, coming out with a 2-1 shootout victory. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Boqvist scored in the shootout, aiding the Devils push to forget an ugly start to the season. Nico Hischier tallied his second goal of the season in the first period to help New Jersey (5-7-4) eventually rally to victory.
In between getting blanked by the ascending Edmonton Oilers, and beaten down by the Calgary Flames, the Devils managed to win two games on their recent Western Canada road trip. However, Back-to-back losses led the team to be outscored by a total of 9-2. After an ugly couple of days in Alberta, the Devils were hoping to turn things around in British Columbia.
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MacKenzie Blackwood was the reason New Jersey came out with the win in Vancouver on Sunday, and the 22-year-old goalie’s save percentage has been on the rise after his awful first week of the season; a first week where, admittedly, everyone was just terrible. The Devils potted two goals in quick succession in the first period, scoring just 22 seconds apart and relied on some outstanding work from their young netminder to come out on top. One interesting stat from the night to make note of; before Wayne Simmonds first period power play tally, the Devils were 1 of 25 with an extra man on the road. Far from ideal in the modern NHL.
While the Blues worst to Cup run is still fresh, I’m not sure the Devils are made of the same stuff. With the Devils currently 8th in the Metropolitan Division, a long road to redemption remains for this team. As the total number of over/under points drops further in Vegas, the value lies with sharps who are ready to pounce and bet on the New Jersey Devils to rebound. Bet the OVER on New Jersey’s season total points. A team with this much skill won’t stay this bad for long.