THE DEVIL’S REJECTS
It’s been a rough year for the Devils, to say the least and Saturday’s 4-0 loss (Devils 0-for-8 on the powerplay) to the New York Rangers was a low point. On Monday, the Devils will travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres (2-3 SU, 3-2 O/U last five) who took three of four points versus the Maple Leafs over the weekend.
The Devils (2-3 SU, 1-4 O/U last five) have scored 24 goals through 11 road games this year. That number ranks near the bottom of the league, but considering 10 of those goals came in two games against the struggling Canadiens recently, their road offense is even less potent than the stats suggest. New Jersey will also be without 2019 No.1 pick Jack Hughes as he won't travel with the team due to a lower-body injury.
We are riding the Sabres ML (-135) while also fading the Devils’ offense with a play on their team total Under 2.5.
The San Jose Sharks (4-1 SU, 1-4 O/U last five) own the league’s best penalty kill and used it Saturday night to pick up two points on the road versus the Coyotes. With the win, the Sharks finished November 11-4 and with the second-most points in the West in the month. On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals (3-2 SU, 3-2 O/U last five) will travel across the country to face the surging Sharks.
The Capitals are the league’s best Over team at 19-7-1 O/U and a lot of that has to do with the fact that Washington is scoring over two five-on-five goals a game — the 5th-best mark in the league. The Sharks’ PK might be the best in the NHL, but San Jose has allowed the most five-on-five goals to date.
We are hitting the Capitals’ team total Over 3.5 for plus money as Washington knows how to score out West. The Caps have scored four or more goals in eight of their 14 games against Western Conference opponents while scoring at least three in 12 of 14. The Over is also in play as Washington is 10-3-1 O/U versus Western Conference teams this year.
FLYING UNDER THE FLYERS
On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1 SU, 2-3 O/U last five) and their new mojo will head to Philadelphia to take on the Eastern Conference’s best November team. The Flyers (4-1 SU, 2-3 O/U last five) finished the month 9-4-2 and had more points than any other club in the conference.
The Flyers and the Leafs played each other twice last month with both teams splitting a pair of overtime victories. We could see a closely-checked game between two recently successful teams, especially when the Flyers have allowed just 11 regulation goals in their last seven home games.
With both starting goalies sitting with save percentages above .929 in the last two weeks we are tailing the Under 6.5 on this Tuesday night play.
The Edmonton Oilers (3-2 SU, 2-3 O/U last five) may be one of the best teams in the West but are just 7-7-3 versus Western Conference teams this year — thank goodness for the East. Edmonton has dominated their Eastern opponents to a 9-2 record this year. That’s bad news for the Ottawa Senators (1-4 SU, 1-4 O/U last five) who will travel to Edmonton on Wednesday after facing Vancouver on Tuesday.
After winning seven of nine games through the middle of November, the Sens’ flames have fizzled out of late. Canada’s Capitals are losers of four straight and are being outscored 13-4 in the process. Ottawa has also struggled out of the conference as they are 2-6-1 this year facing teams from the West.
We are taking the Oilers and the puck line (-1.5) as they are 4-1 ATS in their last five wins while Ottawa is 2-7 ATS in their last nine losses.
GOALIE PROFILE: ALEX GEORGIEV, NEW YORK RANGERS
Rangers goalie Alex Georgiev blanked the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, stopping all 33 shots he faced. The backup has now won three of his last four games and should get the chance to carry his shutout streak into Monday’s contest versus the Golden Knights.
The Rangers as a team are starting to tighten things up in the back end lately. The Under has hit in six of New York's last seven games as they are allowing under three goals over the last two weeks.
With Vegas also playing some low-scoring hockey of late — Under in four of their last six — we are taking the Under 6 on Monday night.
INJURY UPDATE: F Mikko Rantanen, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen suited up on Saturday for the first time since October 21. The young Fin only played 10:43 but registered four points in his return to the top line. The Avs No. 1 line is almost back to full strength but is still missing Gabriel Landeskog.
Having Rantanen is a huge boost for the Avalanche’s power play. Rantanen finished 10th in power play points a season ago and will only help Colorado’s PP that is Top-10 over the last two weeks.
The Avs will travel to Toronto for a Wednesday match versus the Leafs on a full, three days rest. With Toronto playing the night before, expect the Leaf’s to start Michael Hutchinson who is winless this year and carries a 5.16 goals against. Fire up the Avs ML, or a team-total bet for Wednesday.
HAT TRICK TRENDS
• The Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings are currently riding the league’s worst losing streaks. Detroit has lost nine games in a row and will have to beat the Islanders at home on Monday to snap the skid. The Canadiens are losers of eight straight and will also have to beat the Islanders (Tuesday) to break their losing streak.
• On Saturday, we parlayed the top teams hitting first-period Overs and cashed +195. This week, the Avalanche, Hurricanes, Oilers and Lightning are the top first-period Over teams — hitting at 70 percent over their last 10. On Tuesday, both the Hurricanes and Lightning are parlay options and on Wednesday, the Avalanche and Oilers are a two-team possibility.
• The Winnipeg Jets own the best Under record at home at 3-8-1 O/U. They will host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. The Stars are a Top-3 Under team on the road at 5-8 O/U. Fire up your Unders and just check the final score, because watching hockey for the Under is an acquired taste.