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Hockey odds preview - New Jersey vs. Detroit

New Jersey Devils

Detroit Red Wings
27-23-13 March 07, 2014, 07:30 PM | Joe Louis Arena 28-21-13

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting New Jersey duelling Detroit on Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

This season the Red Wings are 28-21-13 overall while the Devils are 27-23-13. As for the totals, Detroit is 27-30-5 on the OU, and New Jersey is 20-29-14.

View New Jersey Devils vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

The Red Wings were listed earlier today as -126 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The Red Wings sit at No. 15 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Devils sit at a No. 8 on the same chart.

The Red Wings were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Avalanche. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +103 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 18-ranked offense (2.65 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.48 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 17.97% rate while the Devils have a 87.06% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
New Jersey home to Carolina, Saturday, March 8th
Detroit at New York, Sunday, March 9th