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Hockey odds preview - New Jersey vs. Phoenix

New Jersey Devils

Phoenix Coyotes
20-18-11 January 18, 2014, 08:00 PM | Jobing.com Arena 22-16-9

The Coyotes get a visit from the New Jersey Devils in hockey action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Coyotes currently sport a record of 22-16-9. The Devils are 20-18-11. Betting totals have seen the Coyotes post a 26-19-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Devils have gone 14-24-11 against the number.

View New Jersey Devils vs Phoenix Coyotes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Coyotes as -147 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Coyotes at No. 14 and the Devils at No. 18 heading into this contest.

New Jersey was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Avalanche. They lost as +123 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Coyotes were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Phoenix at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 9-ranked offense (2.89 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Coyotes powerplay has clicked at a 19.51% rate while the Devils have a 86.62% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
New Jersey home to St. Louis, Tuesday, January 21st
Phoenix home to Toronto, Monday, January 20th