Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (27-43-8) vs Detroit Red Wings (30-39-10)

Game Info: Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -167 / Detroit Red Wings +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the Detroit Red Wings in Sunday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this home contest with an overall record of 27-43-7. Through 77 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 236 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 27th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.64 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 8th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings travel to take on the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 30-38-10. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 78 games, the Red Wings have scored 220 goals, giving them an average of 2.78. This output gives them a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. On defense, Detroit is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.81 goals per contest. So far, the Red Wings have played the 3rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Detroit's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 29th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the New Jersey Devils leader in points is Jesper Bratt. In his team's 77 games, he has come up with 25 goals and 45 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Jack Hughes. Of his 26 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. New Jersey's top goalie is Nico Daws, who is giving up an average of 3.11 goals per game.

Through 71 games, the Detroit Red Wings' goal and overall scoring leader is Dylan Larkin, with 69 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tyler Bertuzzi, who has 29 assists to go along with his 28 goals. However, when on the ice, the Red Wings are -11.0 in scoring differential. Detroit's top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic, who is giving up an average of 3.36 goals per game. In his 56 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 52 percent of the time.

In Detroit's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-32-3. So far, taking the over when the Red Wings are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-16-2. On the season, 62.0% of Detroit's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 42.0% of the scoring coming from the Red Wings. In New Jersey's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-18-1. On the season, 62.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. Look for this matchup to surpass 5.5 goals, as both New Jersey and Detroit have suffered from poor goalie play. I expect each offense to take advantage of this opportunity, in what should be a higher scoring game than expected.

 

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