New Jersey Devils vs. Edmonton Oilers, 01/12/17 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Jason Green
New Jersey Devils (16-18-8 SU 24-18 PL, 15-16 O/U) at Edmonton Oilers (21-15-7 SU, 21-22 PL, 16-24 O/U)
NHL: Thursday January 12, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET
The Line: Devils +170 / Oilers -200
Total 5 goals
The Devils have lost three in a row where their offense has really let them down. They have only scored three total goals in that span and they were shut out in their last game. New Jersey is tied for the 3rd fewest points in the Eastern Conference and it is not hard to see why since they only rank 28th in the league in goals per game and 22nd in goals allowed.
The Oilers have dropped their last two games and it is kind of hard to win when they allow five goals. That is exactly what they have done in their two-game skid losing each game by a score of 5-3. They still have the 4th most points in the Western Conference, but needless to say if they give up five goals for a 3rd straight game they will likely take their 3rd straight loss. Edmonton ranks a solid 9th in the league in goals per game and rank in the middle of the pack in 16th in goals allowed.
Failing to light the lamp
Lately the Devils have had issues lighting the lamp and they failed to do so at all in their last game where they lost to the Florida Panthers 3-0. They only had one less shot on goal in the game than the Panthers (29-28), but had no luck finding the back of the net. They were close trailing only 1-0 after the 2nd quarter where they gave up two goals and both were on an empty net. GK Cory Schneider (12-14-6 2.73 GAA) took the loss in the game even though he played well stopping 28 of 29 shots. He has lost his last three starts.
Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall lead the team with 25 points apiece and while P.A. Parenteau leads the team with 12 goals he only has 18 points on the season. New Jersey has struggled on the road this season going 6-12-5.
The Oilers had an instant replay in their last game losing 5-3 to the San Jose Sharks after losing 5-3 in their previous game. San Jose was blowing out Edmonton before the Oilers scored two goals in the 3rd period to not get totally embarrassed. Drake Caggiula, Matthew Benning, and Oscar Klefbom all found the back of the net in the loss. Cam Talbott (20-12-6 2.51 GAA) took the loss in between the pipes only stopping 23 of 28 shots and in his previous start he only allowed one goal.
The team is led by young sensation Connor McDavid, who ranks 1st in the NHL in points. He and Leon Draisaitl have combined for 83 points on the season and they are the key guys the New Jersey D has to worry about. This season the Oilers are 9-8-2 at home.
The New Jersey Devils are:
- 17-35 in their last 52 road games
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific 7-20 in their last 27 overall
- 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference
The Edmonton Oilers are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Oilers have been peppered for 10 goals in their last two games, but they will get back on track in this game. They will not give up a lot of goals again and will take advantage of the struggling New Jersey offense to snap their two-game skid.
PICK: Oilers -200
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