The New Jersey Devils (16-26-5) travel to meet the St. Louis Blues (26-13-5) Thursday at Enterprise Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Devils vs. Blues odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Devils posted a 7-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back set after losing 4-1 at the Ottawa Senators Monday. That rout snapped a seven-game losing skid dating back to Jan. 22.
The Blues were topped 4-1 by the disappointing Winnipeg Jets Jan. 29 in the team’s last action prior to the All-Star break. St. Louis has still cashed in seven of the last 10 games overall despite that loss.
Devils at Blues odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Devils +205 (bet $100 to win $205) | Blues -260 (bet $260 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Devils +1.5 (-120) | Blue -1.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: +105 | U: -130)
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Devils at Blues projected goalies
Jon Gillies (2-6-1, 3.15 GAA, .902 SV%) vs. Jordan Binnington (11-9-3, 3.27 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO)
Gillies was the beneficiary of 7 goals of offensive support in Montreal Tuesday and he turned aside 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the win. It was a complete 360 from his last performance Feb. 1 when he allowed 6 goals on 28 shots in 2 periods in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Perhaps nobody needed the All-Star break more than Binnington. He coughed up 13 goals in his final two starts before the hiatus, both losses, and he has allowed 4 or more goals in four of his past five outings.
Devils at Blues odds, lines, picks and predictions
Blues 4, Devils 3
The Blues (-260) will cost you more than two and a half times your potential return, which is much too risky considering how shaky Binnington has been in the crease lately.
Against the spread
The BLUES -1.5 (-105) are a much better value laying the goal and a half on the puck line. While Gillies was impressive last time out, that solid showing also came against a poor offense in Montreal. St. Louis has a much more powerful offense and is capable of making it a long evening for the rookie.
OVER 6.5 (+105) is a decent value at plus money, especially since Binnington has coughed up 4 or more goals in four of his last five games and Gillies has been a bit erratic in the New Jersey net.
The Over has cashed in three of the last four for the Devils with an average of 7.8 total goals per contest.
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