The New Jersey Devils (13-10-1) travel to face off against the Calgary Flames (11-12-3) on Saturday, December 9th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and televised on MSGS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 4:00 ET.
New Jersey Devils vs Calgary Flames
The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Flames, the Devils have a 13-10-1 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 5-6-1, and they have 8-4-0 mark on the road. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 11th. Looking at New Jersey’s average scoring margin, it is -0.1, which has led to a puck line record of 6-18. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -0.2, and on the road, it is +.1.
In their most recent matchup, the Devils played against the Kraken and won with a score of 2-1. Scoring-wise, the Devils put up one goal during the first period and one time in the second period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 17 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
New Jersey couldn’t cover the puck line despite the straight-up win, as they entered the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Calgary Flames Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Devils, the Flames have a 11-12-3 record. They hold a 6-5-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 5-7-2 on the road. Their current record places them 4th in the Western Pacific division and 10th in the Western conference. Calgary’s average scoring margin this season is -0.5 leading to an overall puck line record of 11-15. Their scoring margin at home is -0.1 and -0.9 on the road.
In their recent matchup, the Flames hosted the Hurricanes and came away with a 3-2 victory. Offensively, the Flames faced a challenge in the first and second periods, failing to score. However, they did score three goals in the third period. For the game, the Calgary offense took 27 shots on goal and scored one time while short handed.
Despite being the underdog, Calgary managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Devils come into the game at 3.6 goals per contest placing 6th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 16th position in the league. New Jersey’s offense comes into the game ranked 2nd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 19th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Devils’ stands at 18-6-0. They have had 18 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 7.3 goals per game.
Calgary Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Flames are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 21st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 10th in the league. This season, the Flames have a 6-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 4-4 record.
For the season, the over/under record of the Flames’ stands at 16-9-1. They have had 15 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Entering the game, the Devils’ defense ranks 18th in takeaways, averaging 7 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 28th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Calgary Team Defense
Entering the game, the Flames’ defense ranks 17th in takeaways, averaging 6.5 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 22nd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game.
Devils vs Flames Trends
- Although New Jersey has a straight up record of 4-1 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 2-3. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- In their last five games at home, the Flames have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- The Flames have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Devils have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 0-3.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Devils to take down the Flames on the road. With the moneyline currently at -125, I’m placing my bet on the Devils straight-up.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Flames to cover. Even in the event of a Devils victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Flames should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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