The Devils had luck on their side this spring as they won the draft lottery and selected Jack Hughes with the number one selection. Not only will Hughes play a prominent role with the Devils but he is also the betting favourite at Sports Interaction to win the Calder Trophy at +199.
Expectations are a lot different this year for both the Jets and Devils. Last season the Jets were expected to produce big results, they didn’t. Now many critics are calling them a borderline playoff team.
Last season the Devils finished last in the Metropolitan division with 72 points. This year a playoff spot is a definite possibility.
Jets vs Devils Betting Analysis
Dating back to November 29, 2016 the Jets are a perfect 6-0 against the Devils, and have won the last four games played in New Jersey. In those six victories, four of them have been one-goal games.
Last season the Jets had an impressive 16-6-2 mark against Pacific division foes, by far their best record against any division.
Meanwhile, the Devils won just three regulation games against the Central division in 14 tries. Dating back to last season the Devils have played four consecutive games to the under against Western Conference opponents.
The is game marks the first back to back contests of the season for the team. Thursday night, the team was in Manhattan and dropped a 6-4 decision to the Rangers. The Jets top line of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers combined for three goals and five assists in the loss. Winnipeg outshot New York 47-32, including peppering Henrik Lundqvist with 20 shots against in the second period.
Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor played on the team’s second line alongside Andrew Copp. The trio had a difficult game combining for a dismal minus-8 in the game, although Connor did score his first of the season on a power-play goal in the third period.
With Connor Hellebuyck facing the Rangers on Thursday, Head Coach Paul Maurice confirmed that Laurent Brossoit will start against the Devils. Brossoit had a perfect 3-0 record during the preseason allowing only three goals against (60 shots). Last season he posted 13-6-2 record with a goals against of 2.52 (save percentage .925).
New Jersey Devils
Sweeping changes is only one way of describing what Ray Shero did to the Devils organization this off season and on paper, it looks like he did a great job.
Frist off the Devils had luck on their side this spring as they won the draft lottery and selected Jack Hughes with the number one selection. Not only will Hughes play a prominent role with the Devils but he is also the betting favourite at Sports Interaction to win the Calder Trophy at +199.
The team also added for Norris Trophy winner PK Subban from the Nashville Predators and added forwards Wayne Simmonds along with Nikita Gusev. Gusev is an interesting piece to a forward lineup that already includes Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac. Last season in the KHL Gusev was the league MVP with 82 points in 62 games. So the big question in New Jersey is; how many points does he score in the best league in the world?
In goal can Cory Schneider and Mackenzie Blackwood give the team the goaltending they need? By most accounts Schneider had a great training camp and is looking at a bounce-back season, while Blackwood is capable of taking over the net. Time with tell for the Devils.