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Moneyline favors Devils in battle with Panthers

Florida Panthers

New Jersey Devils
17-21-6 January 11, 2014, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 18-18-9

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

New Jersey battles the Panthers, currently with a 17-21-6 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-22-9 for the Devils and 19-20-5 for the Panthers.

View Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, New Jersey sat as -152 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Devils rated this week at No. 16 and the Panthers sitting at No. 22.

The Panthers were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -125 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for New Jersey, they were a 1-0 winner as they battled the Stars at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at -120 were rewarded, while the 1 goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 28-ranked offense (2.31 goals per game) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.11 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 17.56% rate while the Panthers have a 75.37% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Panthers at Devils trends to consider:
Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Florida is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games on the road
Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Florida

Next up:
Florida home to New York, Tuesday, January 14th
New Jersey at Toronto, Sunday, January 12th