New Jersey Devils (34-15-1) vs. Ottawa Senators (28-21-4)
While most of the betting focus being on Super Bowl odds and NFL picks after Championship Weekend, many are overlooking key matchups in the NHL. The NHL season has just past its mid-point and the games now have more serious implications in the standings and some preview possible playoff matchups.
This Tuesday night one such matchup is taking place as Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils travel up to Ottawa to take on the surging Senators.
Bookmakers Review : *note lines are approximations as they have not been posted yet
Spread: Senators -1.5
Money line: Ottawa-130 New Jersey +115
Why the Devils Will Win
The Devils offense is spear-headed by LW Zach Parise (23 goals, 28 assists) and captain and RW Jamie Langenbrunner (14g, 31 a). C Travis Zajac (14g, 26a) has been a revelation this season providing both strong Power Play and Penalty Kill play for the Devils. The Devils strong defense is led in scoring by Andy Greene with Mike Mottau, Swedish Olympian Johnny Oduya and Bryce Salvador playing big minutes. The Devils play a lot of low scoring affairs as a result of their strong play as well as their legendary goalie.
Why the Senators Will Win
The Ottawa Senators are coming into this game versus the Devils on a six-game winning streak. Captain Daniel Alfredsson is having another solid year for the Senators leading them in scoring (14g, 26 a) while missing 11 games. A big reason for the improved play is the awakening of new Senator Alexei Kovalev from his catatonic state. Struggling most of the season, Kovalev has come on in the last two months and has registered at least one point during this six-game winning streak (1g, 6a). Unheralded Center Mike Fisher has been solid for the Senators (17g, 22a) and Defenseman Chris Phillips is putting up yet another solid season for them. The big reason for the recent solid play of the Senators however, are goalies Billy Elliot and rookie backup Mike Brodeur (Martin’s distant cousin). Neither net-minder has allowed over 2 goals during the Senators streak.
The Devils have been outstanding this season and their record shows it. The Devils play a disciplined game, and even without star forward Patrik Elias (concussion) can score the puck very well. The Senators defense is porous and could spell their demise in this one. The Devils are 3-0 against the Senators this season while outscoring them 10-6 in those contests. Expect more of the same in this one.
Final: New Jersey 3- Ottawa 1
Sports Betting Parlay: Take the Devils at +1.5 or money line, and the under.
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