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New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings Free Pick 2/25/20

Little Caesars Arena will be hosting an enticing matchup as the Detroit Red Wings take the ice against the visiting New Jersey Devils. It’s the third and final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. Fox Sports Detroit will broadcast this Eastern Conference matchup, and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25.

New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

New Jersey (-125) is tabbed as the favorite over Detroit (+105), and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If gamblers want to wager on the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -115 money on the over and -105 on the under.

New Jersey is 24-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 61 regular season contests, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2019-20 Devils team is 12-17 SU on the road.

New Jersey has converted on just 17.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, New Jersey has been penalized 4.0 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, 3.8 per game over its past five matchups total, and 3.4 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, MacKenzie Blackwood (21-22-7) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey this year. If New Jersey chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Louis Domingue (3-13-2), who has a .882 save percentage and 3.79 goals against average this year.

The visiting Devils will be led by Kyle Palmieri and Nikita Gusev. Palmieri (42 points) has tallied 22 goals and 20 assists, and has recorded two or more points eight times. Gusev has 10 goals and 27 assists to his name (and has registered a point in 28 games).

On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 15-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 23.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 31 of its contests have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just eight have pushed. This year, the team’s 10-21 SU at home.

Detroit has converted on just 14.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.4 percent of all opponent power plays.

The Red Wings have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jonathan Bernier has stopped 26.6 shots per game as the top choice in goal for Detroit. Bernier has 13 wins, 26 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has recorded a poor .908 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average this season.

The home team will be led on offense by Dylan Larkin (17 goals, 28 assists).

New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes

Two of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-6 overall in shootouts this season.

Three of New Jersey’s last five games have gone under the total.

Seven of Detroit’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-6 overall in those games.

The Red Wings this season have registered the 12th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.2).

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