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NHL Hockey Picks from Nicks Parsons for January 11th 2014: Panthers vs. Devils Over 5

January 11th, 2014

Nick Parsons NHL PickNHL Hockey Picks: January 11th 2014
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils
Prediction: Over 5 goals -110 odds
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Florida is coming off a hard-fought 2-1 win at Buffalo on Thursday, while New Jersey is coming off a nail-biting 1-0 win over Dallas last time out.

While these two clubs aren’t known for their offensive prowess, I believe that the situation, the numbers and the trends all point to a higher-scoring affair in this particular match-up.

This is the first meeting of the season between the teams, but the last time they got together back on April 20th, 2013, they combined for eight goals, as home side New Jersey would pour it on in the 2nd and 3rd period for the 6-2 victory.

It’s interesting to note that Florida has seen the total sail above the posted number in eight of its last 15 following a divisional contest, while New Jersey has seen it go “over” the number in 18 of its last 27 over the last two years after scoring 1 goal or less in its previous outing.

As mentioned off the top, strong situational factors coupled with overwhelming O/U trends makes the “over” a legitimate investment option in this contest.