Tonights NHL Picks- March 7 2014

Tonights NHL Picks- March 7 2014

A great night last night as we went 2-0 with our picks.

New Jersey Devils @ Detroit Red Wings: DEVILS 2.06

The Red Wings will face the Devils tonight on no rest after suffering a 3-2 over-time loss to the Colorado Avalanche last night (a winner for us on the Avalanche). The New Jersey club has been rested since March 4th, the day the defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. These two clubs have met twice this season, splitting the decisions. Cory Schneider is confirmed as the starting goaltender for the Devils tonight and is 12-12-9 on the season with the second best goals against average in the League (1.92 GAA) and an impressive .923 SV%, currently ranked 9th. The Devils defense is ranked 4th overall right now allowing just 2.35 goals against per game (2.40 goals against per game over their last 10 games), while the Red Wings are in the 15th place spot with 2.64 GA/G, and have allowed 2.80 goals against per game over their last 10 games. When it comes to offense, the Devils are scoring 2.41 goals per game (23rd) while the Red Wings offense is ranked 18th with 2.58 G/G. The Red Wings may have the slight edge on offense, however they are plagued with injuries right now, and must go without Pavel Datsyuk (5th in points for Detroit, 33 points), Darren Helm (12 points, Daniel Cleary (8 points), and of course their point leader Henrik Zetterberg with 48 points, to name a few. Jimmy Howard is listed as probable tonight for Detroit, and will have to play his second game in as many days if he does start. Howard is 13-14-10 on the season with a 2.64 GAA (25th) and a .912 SV% (26th) and allowed 3 goals on 25 shots last night, finishing the game with a .880 SV%. Howard also faced the Devils on Tuesday allowing 4 goals on 29 shots finishing the game with a .862 SV%. When it comes to special teams, the Devils own the best penalty kill in the League with a very impressive 87.1 PK%, while the Red Wings penalty kill unit ranks 7th at 83.6%. Note that the Red Wings have gone just 78.8% on the penalty kill over their last 10 games, while the Devils were even better than normal, going 87.5% over their L10 games. The Devils also have the edge on the power play, as they rank 8th overall at 20.8%, while Detroit sits 17th overall with a 18.0% success rate. Also note that the Devils are the most disciplined team in the League as they take just 8.0 penalty minutes per game on average, and also allow the least amount of shots against per game of any team in the NHL (25.1 SA/G). We’ll gladly back the Devils as underdogs tonight.

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