2014 NHL Previews: New Jersey Devils

The Devils look to get back in the playoff hunt and they’ve handed the full-time starter’s job to Cory Schneider

Looking at last season’s advanced stats for the Devils, it’s hard to figure out how they were not back in at least the Eastern conference final. Fourth in Corsi, fifth in Fenwick, sixth in goals allowed, ninth rated power play and the best penalty kill in the league! Unfortunately, though, advanced NHL stats can’t score goals and neither could the Devils. They set an NHL record last season going 0-13 in shootouts, which likely cost them a playoff spot.

Team 2014 Preview: New Jersey Devils

Projected Season Win Total: 36.5 (Pinnacle Sports)

To find some goals NJ brought in Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat, who have both had multiple 25-goal seasons but have also battled with injuries the past three to four years. Jersey will count on 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr to once again head up the attack and pray that newcomers (and Ryane Clowe) can stay healthy.

 

Bryce Salvador, Eric Gelinas and Andy Greene highlight a very solid defense. And with Anton Volchenkov taking a buyout, Adam Larsson should have a shot at a full season in the bigs. More offense is in order from the back end but that may be a stretch for this crew. Goaltending remains top tier with Cory Schneider taking over as full time starter.

Pick Sixty Betting Tip: Devil Down

When holding opponents to three goals or less, New Jersey (60-189-55 O/U) is tied with Florida and Montreal for the second-highest “Under” percentage in hockey since the 2009 season. View the league’s W/L and Over/Under stats at SportsDatabase.com! The Devils will remain a stingy squad this season but will struggle to score. Do the math.

 

Pick Sixty’s Eastern Conference Previews continue this weekend with the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets!