New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings 12/31/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/30/2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit
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On Wednesday, the struggling offense of the New Jersey Devils will be visiting the Detroit Red Wings and their highly-rated defense. The Red Wings have been able to win both of their games against the Devils this year.
The Devils were able to snap their three-game losing streak when they picked up a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. They were outshot in that game, but they were also able to hold the Penguins goalless on their three power play chances.
The Devils have had one of the better power plays in the Eastern Conference this season, but they are in the bottom 10 in scoring. After scoring a goal on Monday, veteran winger Jaromir Jagr now has six goals and 15 assists in his 37 games.
On Monday night, the Red Wings gave up three first-period goals to the Boston Bruins and were blown out 5-2 on the road. They did win 40 of the 64 faceoffs in that game, but they still ended up being outshot 45-30.
Through 37 games this season, the Red Wings are in the top 10 in the league in goals against, power play percentage and penalty kill percentage. Their top offensive threat this season has been left wing Henrik Zetterberg, who now has eight goals and 24 assists. Goalie Jimmy Howard is now 14-6-7 this year with two shutouts and a .921 save percentage.
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
New Jersey Devils are 13-25-0 Against the Spread
New Jersey Devils are 13-21-0 against the Over/Under
Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings are 19-18-0 Against the Spread
Detroit Red Wings are 17-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
New Jersey Devils
12/30/14 C Jacob Josefson Illness is downgraded to out indefinitely
12/30/14 C Stephen Gionta Hand out indefinitely
12/27/14 RW Michael Ryder Virus out indefinitely
12/27/14 GO Scott Clemmensen Virus out indefinitely
12/26/14 RW Martin Havlat Virus out indefinitely
12/26/14 LW Patrik Elias Virus out indefinitely
12/18/14 D Damon Severson Ankle expected to miss 4-5 weeks
11/17/14 D Bryce Salvador Lower Body out indefinitely
11/14/14 LW Ryane Clowe Concussion out indefinitely
Detroit Red Wings
12/30/14 D Jakub Kindl Elbow is downgraded to out indefinitely
11/07/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Shoulder expected to miss 2 months
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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