The New Jersey Devils (10-17-5) host the Anaheim Ducks (14-16-4) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at Prudential Center. We analyze the Ducks-Devils sports betting odds and lines, while providing NHL betting tips and picks around this matchup.
Ducks at Devils: Projected starting goalies
Ryan Miller vs. MacKenzie Blackwood
Former Vezina Trophy winner, Ryan Miller, is in the crease tonight for the Ducks and actually has a higher winning percentage (4-2-2) than regular starter John Gibson (10-14-2). Miller should be able to fill-in nicely against a Devils team that has only scored two or more goals in three of its last 10 games.
At the other end of the ice, Blackwood enters the game with a 9-9-4 record, 2.85 goals against average, .908 save percentage and one shutout. He has played well in his last four appearances allowing under two goals in each game.
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Ducks at Devils: Odds, picks and betting tips
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Ducks 3, Devils 1
The Devils have the lowest net moneyline balance when at home at -$889. Meaning if you bet $100 on the Devils to win every time they’ve been home this season, you would have lost $889. Furthermore, the Ducks have owned the Devils in their inter-conference meetings, winning eight of the last 10 head-to-head games. Bet the DUCKS (-106) on the moneyline.
New to sports betting? A $10 bet on the Ducks to win outright in regulation, overtime or a shootout returns a profit of $9.43.
Puck Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The DUCKS(+1.5, -295) are a lock against the spread-10-6 ATS on the road-versus a Devils team that is worse ATS at home (5-11) compared to the road (6-10). Although, the payout is paltry-bet $29.50 to earn a profit of $10.
On Monday, the Devils traded away former Hart Trophy winner, and point-leader, Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes after the two parties couldn’t agree on a contract extension. Not a good sign for a Devils offense that ranks dead last in goals scored with 76.
Combine the Devils’ offensive futility with the Ducks lack of scoring-ranked 27th in goals scored-and a reduced vig, UNDER -5.5 (-106) is the sharp play here.
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