Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/6/2014
Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM on RSNW, MSG+
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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The Devils are running out of time in their quest to capture the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with just 4 games left. They'll need some luck to jump over Toronto and kick out Columbus but victories at home over 2nd to last place Calgary are must-haves this time of year. For whatever reason though Calgary has failed to pack it in for their last few games of the season and actually enter Monday night with a 2-game winning streak.
The Flames have only been favored twice in their last 10 games but have notched a 6-4 straight up record over that span. Loyal Calgary bettors have enjoyed some big payouts, specifically a +192 win in Tampa Bay, a +140 win over the Rangers, and toppling San Jose to cash in at +161. Calgary looks to go 2-0 on the year against the Devils and they'll have two full days of rest before attempting to do so.
The Devils are in a do or die situation as every remaining game is a must-win. They haven't really played like it though, winning only 4 of 10 games from March 15th to April 4th. The Devils were favored in the final 6 games of that stretch but lost 3 of the games in a shootout.
The last time the two teams met up was way back on October 11th when both teams were listed as equal -104 bets. Calgary tied the game twice in a power play and broke a 2-2 game at 17:17 in the third on a goal by rookie Sean Monahan to get the W.
Calgary is 14-24 straight up on the road this season
Calgary is 18-18-2 against the over/under on the road this season
New Jersey is 19-18 straight up at home this season
New Jersey is 14-17-6against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/04/14 C Mikael Backlund Hand questionable
04/04/14 D Tyler Wotherspoon Shoulder out for season
04/03/14 C Matt Stajan Personal questionable
04/03/14 C Paul Byron Personal questionable
03/30/14 D Ladislav Smid Upper Body expected to miss 1 week
03/11/14 C Markus Granlund Shoulder out indefinitely
03/07/14 D Dennis Wideman Upper Body likely out for season
03/05/14 RW David Jones Shoulder out indefinitely
11/29/13 D Adam Larsson Knee out indefinitely
04/04/14 D Anton Volchenkov Groin questionable
04/04/14 D Jon Merrill Facial questionable
04/04/14 C Stephen Gionta Ankle questionable
04/04/14 LW Ryane Clowe Concussion questionable
04/01/14 D Bryce Salvador Groin questionable
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey
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