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Devils looking for first win vs Blues in almost four years

The New Jersey Devils may be one of the biggest surprises of the NHL this season but no fact is more surprising than their record vs the St. Louis Blues. The Devils are 0-8 SU in the last eight games in this matchup and haven’t claimed victory since January 21, 2014. New Jersey opened at +130 to bust this trend and regain respectability in the River City.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blues are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games with two days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Devils’ last 11 games.
  • The Devils are 6-2 SU in their last eight games after a loss.

Despite the Devils’ mishaps playing the Blues, they’ve turned the corner of respectability in the NHL. New Jersey is third in the Eastern Conference standings and was on a five-game winning streak before dropping back-to-back games to Washington and Buffalo. This is the second game of the Devils’ current four-game road trip and after starting off as road warriors early in the year (8-4 SU in October and November), they fell off a cliff in December, only notching one win in five road games.

The Blues felt the pinch of injuries in the month of December and went 6-9 SU. The loss of top scorer Jaden Schwartz was obviously a big blow but none was bigger than when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester went down with a lower-body injury. The stud blue-liner is back now for St. Louis and should help steady a franchise that has dropped five of its last seven games.

The total opened at 5.5 and the UNDER may be the way to go. The Blues were the worst offensive team in the NHL in December, averaging only 2.06 goals per game, and the UNDER has hit in 10 of their last 11 games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -151 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.3-2.3 victory for the Devils. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the New Jersey Devils have seen them go 22-10-6 so far this season, while the Blues are at 24-15-2. In totals betting, the St. Louis Blues are 16-25, while the Devils are 21-16-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs New Jersey injuries news.

The Devils-Blues odds would favor the Devils if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 21 in the current OddsShark poll, while New Jersey is at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.9 goals per game, against a Devils defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.97 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 16.2% while the Devils defense kills off 83.33% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Devils were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Capitals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -178 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 3-2 winner at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on St. Louis at -133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • New Jersey is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Jersey's last 11 games
  • New Jersey is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis's last 11 games
  • St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • St. Louis is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Jersey at Dallas, Thursday, January 4
St. Louis home to Las Vegas, Thursday, January 4

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