New Jersey vs Los Angeles: prediction for the NHL game
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey are currently in 11th place in the Eastern Conference table. Despite the fact that the team has been terrible this season, from time to time they surprise the fans by upsetting powerful opponents. For instance, after three defeats in a row, the Devils crushed Carolina at home (7:4).
Lindy Ruff's men are more confident at the home court than on their travels. On average, they score about three goals per home game. However, recently the Devils lost to Arizona (1:4), one of the main outsiders of the League. Such inconsistency does not allow New Jersey to strengthen their standings.
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles look much better than their hosts. The Kings are in the playoffs zone in the Western Conference - they sit in the 7th line with a total of 45 points. However, after four victories in a row, the Kings suffered three defeats - to San Jose (2:6) away, and to Tampa Bay (4:6) and Colorado (1:4) at home.
The Kings rarely lose in regulatoin on their travels. In just six games out of 16, they were defeated after the 60 minutes. Some of Los Angeles' key players are on the injured list, for example, Adrian Kempe and Alexander Edler.
In the last 4 games, New Jersey conceded more than 2 goals.
In 4 previous games between the clubs, fewer than 2 goals were scored in the first period.
Los Angeles look more confident than their hosts. They have a clear system, while New Jersey mostly rely on the individual actions of their players. Moreover, the Kings had a two-days rest, so we think they will get the upper hand over the tired Devils outfit.
Our prediction - Los Angeles to win
The games between these two sides are rarely high-scoring, and in the last three head-to-head matches, they failed to score more than five goals. We suggest taking the under here.
Second bet - total under 5.5 goals