The New Jersey Devils (24-19-3) travel to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning (26-18-5) on Saturday, January 27th. This game will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa and televised on ESPN+. The Lightning are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Devils are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hurricanes. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Devils vs Lightning
The New Jersey Devils Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
With a record of 24-19-3, the Devils are currently in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division and 9th place in the Eastern Conference. Over their last ten games, they have gone 4-6, and they have lost three straight games as the underdog. On the road this year, New Jersey is 14-8-1.
So far this season, the Devils have been the favorite in 34 of their 46 games, going 21-11-2 in those games. Against the Eastern Conference, they have a record of 16-12 and have gone 8-6 against divisional opponents.
On the road this season, the Devils have a puck line record of 13-10 and an average scoring margin of +.3 goals per game. So far, New Jersey has played 34 games as the underdog and has an underdog puck line record of 5-7.
Overall, the Devils have 12 wins by multiple goals compared to 15 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten road games, New Jersey’s puck line record is at 7-3.
After suffering a 3-2 loss on the road to the Hurricanes, the Devils are looking to bounce back today. On offense, the Devils did not find the net in the first or second period but scored two goals in the third period. In the game, New Jersey managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 25 shots on goal and committed 11 turnovers.
Although they didn’t win, New Jersey did cover the puck line as the underdogs in the game. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Lightning are 16-5-3 and have won six straight games. In the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay is in third place and has a record of 5-8 against divisional opponents. Overall, the Lightning are 26-18-5 and have won two straight games.
Against Eastern Conference teams, Tampa Bay has gone 11-12 this season and are in fifth place in the conference standings. As the favorite, the Lightning have gone 18-9-1 this year and have won two straight games when favored.
At home this season, the Lightning have a puck line record of 15-9 and an average scoring margin of +1.0 goals per game. Overall, Tampa Bay has gone 25-24 against the puck line, including a mark of 12-16 when favored.
So far, the Lightning have 18 wins by multiple goals compared to just eight wins by one goal. In their last 10 home games, Tampa Bay has a puck line record of 6-4.
In their previous game, the Lightning hosted the Coyotes and game away with a 6-3 win. Against the Coyotes, the Lightning’s offense netted goals in all three periods. Of Tampa Bay’s six goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 37 shots on goal and eight giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Tampa Bay also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Devils are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 9th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. This season, the Devils are 18-9 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 6-9 record.
This season, the Devils have an over/under record of 27-18-1. Throughout the season, they have played 28 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 7 per game.
Lightning Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Lightning have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. This year, the Lightning have recorded a 16-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-6 record.
This season, the Lightning’s have an over/under record of 22-23-4. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Entering the game, the Devils’ defense ranks 22nd in takeaways, averaging 6.5 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 27th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Tampa Bay Team Defense
Defensively, the Lightning are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.8 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 7th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Devils vs Lightning Trends
- Although New Jersey has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 7-3. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Tampa Bay has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 6 goals per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Lightning have an puck line mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Tampa Bay posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
- The Devils have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Lightning to take down the Devils at home. With the moneyline currently at -156, I’m placing my bet on the Lightning straight-up.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Devils to cover. Even if the Lightning win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Devils 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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