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NHL Betting Picks: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils: January 31st 2013

January 30th, 2013

NHL Betting Picks: January 31st 2013
New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils
Prediction: Under 5.5 goals
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As it turned out, Brodeur didn’t even get the start, as Marty got the night off, and Johan Hedberg came in and did an excellent job in his place. Hedberg stopped 27 of 28 shots, and he was 5 minutes away from recording a shutout against the Boston Bruins, until Boston tied it late, eventually winning in a shootout 2-1. While Hedberg was brilliant, I would be shocked if Marty didn’t get the start at home on Thursday versus the Islanders.

New York is coming off a shocking blowout win over Pittsburgh, with Evgeni Nabokov slamming the door on the high flying Penguins. Nabokov made 37 saves, and it wasn’t until 18:51 of the 3rd period that Pittsburgh broke up his shutout bid. The Islanders went on to win the game 4-1 despite being out-shot 38-24.

The Islanders have been fantastic with their special teams play so far this year, especially with their penalty killing. New York has killed off 95% of their short-handed situations so far this season. They have also been great on the power-play, but tonight they face a Devils team that ranks top 5 in the NHL in penalty killing, and they have allowed the fewest goals of any NHL team so far.

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Tight checking low scoring games have been New Jersey’s M.O. for more than a decade, and with a total of 5.5, the UNDER looks good in Jersey on Thursday.