New Jersey Devils (17-18-7-2 SU, 26-18 PL, 15-17-12 O/U) vs Vancouver Canucks (20-19-3-2 SU, 24-20 PL, 18-18-8 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2016
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Lines: Vancouver -120/ New Jersey +109
Sunday evening NHL action and the New Jersey Devils will grapple with the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Devils come in off a nice 2-1 win in Calgary, while the Canucks are off a 5-4 SO loss in Philadelphia. The home team has won four of the last five games in the series, but the Devils have won the last four between these teams.
Hall/ Palmieri Lead Devils Over Flames
The New Jersey Devils have really been struggling of late and they went into their game vs Calgary on Friday night as huge dogs, but were able to ride a couple of first period goals to the 2-1 win. Scoring those first period goals were Kyle Palmieri, which was his 9th of the year and Taylor Hall, which was his 10th of the year. The Devils have really not played well at the offensive end of the ice of late as they have averaged just 1.68 gpg over their last 19 games. Those are the kind of numbers they were putting up last year and with their goaltending struggling this year for the most part, they just haven’t been able to win consistently. The Devils are just 5-14 in their last 19 games and they are in 7th place in the Metro Division, 19 points out of first. This is not a team that will be making an appearance in the postseason this year.
Taking the win vs the Flames was Keith Kinkaid, who is now 5-6 with a 2.59 GAA on the year. Cory Schneider will be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 12-21 with a 2.73 GAA on the year, including 2-17 with a 3.10 GAA on the road, while vs the Canucks in his career he has gone 3-3 with a 2.14 GAA. New Jersey enters this contest ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.18 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots taken (27.4 spg) and 29th in power play conversions, converting on 13.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they are not very good as they come in ranked 20th in goals allowed, giving up 2.86 gpg, while also ranking 24th in shots allowed (31.4) and 10th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.0 of their chances.
Canucks Fall In SO At Philadelphia
Both the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers have really been struggling to score of late, but both teams were able to notch four goals in a 5-4 shootout win by the Flyers. The Canucks have still averaged just 2.27 gpg over their last 11 games. They are not a great offensive team and could have trouble scoring in this one vs a New Jersey team that has been better in the crease of late. Scoring in the loss to the Flyers was Daniel Sedin, which was his 11th of the year, Markus Granlund, who scored twice and now has 11 on the year and Brandon Sutter, which was his 12th of the year. Leading the charge for the Canucks on the year has been Bo Horvat, who has 13 on the year, while Sutter is 2nd with his 12 and three players have 11. They have some good balance, but overall, this is not a great offense.
Absorbing the loss against the Flyers was Ryan Miller, who is now 12-13 with a 2.64 GAA on the year overall, including 10-5 with a 2.17 GAA here at home, while vs the Devils in his career he has gone 13-17 with a 2.14 GAA. The Canucks come into this game ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 2.41 gpg, while also ranking 29th in shots taken (27.7 spg) and 27th in power play conversions, converting on 13.7 of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they check in at 21st in goals allowed, giving up 2.86 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (30.8) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.3% of their chances.
New Jersey is:
- The Under is 5-0-2 in their last seven road games
- The Under is 39-19-11 in their last 69 vs. Pacific
- The Under is 5-1-2 in their last eight when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game
- The Under is 4-0-3 in their last seven home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
Both of these teams have struggled in the crease this year, but both have also struggled on offense, especially of late. These teams have taken the fewest shots per game in the league and both are horrid on the power play. Even though the play in the crease has suffered for both teams, I still can’t see the offenses having much success in this one. The Under is 3-0-1 the last four meetings between these teams here in Vancouver and that’s the way we will go in this one.