The New Jersey Devils (21-16-3) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (27-12-2) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise and televised on ESPN+. The Panthers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Devils are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lightning. Puck drop is set for 6:00 ET.
New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers
The New Jersey Devils Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Devils are 9th in the Eastern Conference with 45 points and a 21-16-3 record. In the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey is 5th with a record of 7-5.
Over their last ten games, the Devils are 5-5 and have dropped two straight games. On the road this season, New Jersey has a record of 12-7-1.
On the year, the Devils have a puck line record of 12-27 and their average scoring margin sits at -.1 goals per game. So far, they have played in 31 games as the favorite and have gone 9-22 against the puck line in those games. Across their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6.
As the underdog, New Jersey has gone 3-5 against the puck line in eight games, and they have 11 wins by more than one goal compared to 13 losses by multiple goals. They have gone 10-9 against the puck line on the road this year and their average road scoring margin is +.3 goals per game.
Following a 4-3 loss on the road to the Lightning, the Devils are eager to bounce back. Against the Lightning, Devils’ offense was able to score in all three periods. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 1 turnovers.
Despite the defeat, New Jersey managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Panthers are 13-5-0, and they have won their last four games at home. In the Eastern Conference standings, Florida is in second place with 56 points and a record of 27-12-2. In games against other teams from the East, the Panthers have gone 13-4 this season. Over their last ten games, Florida has gone 9-1, and they have won their last nine games in a row.
So far this season, the Panthers have been favored in 31 of their 41 games, and they have gone 22-9-0 in those games. Against other teams from the Atlantic Division, Florida has gone 6-3 this season. Over their last five games, the Panthers have gone 5-0, and over their last three games, they have gone 3-0.
Florida comes into this game with a puck line record of 21-20 on the season, including going 6-4 in their last ten games against the puck line. So far, the Panthers have 17 wins by multiple goals and have gone 13-18 against the puck line when favored.
At home, Florida has gone just 7-11 against the puck line this season and has an average scoring margin of just +.6 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the Panthers have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.
Facing the Kings in their last game, the Panthers won by a score of 3-2. On offense, the Panthers were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net one time in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. Florida’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 41 shots on goal and seven giveaways.
Florida’s straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Devils have an average of 3.5 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 9th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 18th in the league. New Jersey’s offense comes into the game ranked 7th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 27th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Devils’ stands at 25-13-1. They have had 26 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 7.1 goals per game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Panthers have an average of 3.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 2nd in the league. So far this year, the Panthers are 20-11 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 5-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Panthers’ have an over/under record of 15-25-1. Throughout the season, they have played 26 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Entering the game, the Devils’ defense ranks 18th in takeaways, averaging 6.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 29th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Florida Team Defense
The Panthers defense is currently 28th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 18th with 2 shutouts.
Devils vs Panthers Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, New Jersey has an puck line record of 6-4 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 7-3 overall in these games.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Florida has an puck line record of 3-7 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
- The Panthers have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 3-2 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Devils have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 7-3.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Devils to take down the Panthers on the road. With the moneyline currently at +156, I’m placing my bet on the Devils straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Devils winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Devils straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to 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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