The New Jersey Devils had a major benefit of playing at home throughout the month of October. They were on the road for only two games, one of which came on Tuesday against the Lightning. That was an ugly display for the Devils, as they got hammered by a final score of 8-3. The Lightning didn’t let up for 3 periods, with the most competitive the Devils had the game was after they made it a 5-3 period in the 2nd period.
Keith Kinkaid allowed a couple of more goals in to make it 7-3 and that was the end of the night for him. The recently activated Cory Schneider made his regular season debut in the 2018-19 season. Schneider allowed a goal to make it a final of 8-3 in favor of the Lightning. It wasn’t exactly the debut this season that he envisioned.
Before getting shellacked by the Lightning, Kinkaid had been playing pretty well for the Devils. He got them to a record of 5-2-1 before getting drilled for their third loss in regulation of the year. The return of Schneider may have come at the perfect time. With Kinkaid playing reasonably well in the absence of Schneider, the Devils may just look to ride whoever has the hotter hand at the moment.
The Detroit Red Wings could provide a nice game to ease him back into the crease. Detroit doesn’t exactly have the most high-powered offence out there, so giving him the start to ease him in against a bad offence may be smart. The Red Wings enter Thursday night on their longest winning game of the season, two games. They upset the Blue Jackets in Columbus to make for a frustrating time for Jackets’ supporters. We’ll see if the Wings can generate some momentum from this. Head below for our free Devils vs. Red Wings pick.
N.J. Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
It’s quite the dichotomy between the Devils and Red Wings last two outings. The Devils got spanked for what was easily their worst game of the year, while the struggling Wings dispatched a decent Blue Jackets team on the road. Those games definitely don’t sum these two clubs up, though. The Red Wings are likely to finish last or next to last, while the Devils should be a playoff team.
Numbers were looking so good before the Lightning went and skewed everything. The Devils are scoring 3.44 goals per game, while allowing 3.11 goals per game. Their goals against took a hit, especially Kinkaid who has to be disappointed throwing a month of success away, statistically speaking.
Before the Red Wings’ last two games, they were getting embarrassed offensive and defensively. Their only win was against a hungover Florida Panthers team. The Stars didn’t put forth much effort either for their next win. The Wings will struggle more often than not to produce offence in 2018-19. Don’t let the Blue Jackets game give you a false sense of reality.
They are currently averaging 2.5 goals per game for 27th in the NHL. Likewise, they’re 27th in goals against with 3.75 goals allowed per game. The last couple of days has helped them get a small bump. After a disastrous performance for the Devils, and an upset win for the Wings, I expect a role reversal on Thursday night. Expect the Devils to bounce back in Detroit to grab a win at Little Caesars Arena.