NHL Picks: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers
The best hockey game I’ve ever seen in person was the double-overtime thriller in Florida during the Devils’ most recent Stanley Cup run. Martin Brodeur stood on his head as the Florida Panthers dominated overtime following a late goal to tie it all up. Adam Henrique, who could barely skate his legs were so tried, fired a shot from deep in the slot and the New Jersey Devils advanced from the first round. It was the biggest bet I’ve ever made when combined with the series bets I had laid down.
This line, quite simply, is too sharp. The Florida Panthers have nothing to play for either, so momentum and motivation really aren’t factors here. There is a backup goalie in net for the Panthers that the Devils are familiar with, and New Jersey rides a big advantage with Schneider.
Neither offense really impresses me. While the Panthers certainly have some pieces, I don’t think there’s anything to really fear here. The Devils have a young defense, the Panthers have a young offense. I expect an exciting, open ice game where both teams learn on the job. Ultimately, I fully except Schneider to be the deciding factor here in the last game of the season.
So, +150 on New Jersey looks damn good to me. I’m on it – because why not? So much value, conflict in the algorithm, and both teams looking to end the year the right way. I think this will be a fun one.
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