Stephen Nover Free NHL Tuesday Play

On February 21, 2017, in Free Picks, NHL, by Stephen

Devils minus $1.05 hosting Senators

Those who have the misfortune of watching the Devils on a daily basis can’t be overly pleased with their team and somnolent offense. New Jersey defines mediocrity. However, this is an excellent spot for the Devils. Not only is it a key home game with short revenge for them, but they catch Ottawa at a most opportune time.

The Senators are completely banged-up. Already down right wing Bobby Ryan with a possible broken finger that could sideline him multiple weeks, Ottawa suffered three more injuries in its last game this past Sunday. The Senators’ top two goal scorers, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman, both were hurt in that game. Center Tommy Wingels also left after being checked hard into the board.

All three played when the Senators shut out the Devils, 3-0, five days ago at Prudential Center. The three injured players did make the trip, but are uncertain to play. Stone could be dealing with a concussion. The Senators didn’t practice on Monday. They also called up two players from their AHL affiliate. So I’d be surprised if Stone and Hoffman see ice time.

Suffering a cluster injury problem in the front line, especially during such a short span, obviously creates problems.

“I don’t remember, to be honest, seeing that many (injuries) in so little time,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher was quoted as saying. “These are some of your better players, too. We’re not talking about our 12th or 13th forward, we’re talking about high-end players.”

Ottawa also carries a high fatigue rating, playing for the fourth time in six days. The Senators are 5-16 during the past 21 times in that situation.

The Devils should have star goalie Cory Schneider back in net. They’ve won five of their last eight when Schneider has been in goal.

New Jersey sits five points out of a playoff spot. The Devils don’t play again until Saturday so a monster effort should be forthcoming. If the Devils were to lose this game, management may decide to look at the future with the trade deadline March 1.


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