Jesse Schule is on a SENSATIONAL 17-2 (89%) Run with his free picks. Whatever you do, Don't miss out on Winner #18 as he gives his inside info in the hot NHL matchup. Check out the analysis below:
Pick: U (NYI at NJ)
Start: January 31, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Capper: Jesse Schule
Offered at: pinnacle @ Under 5.5 -145
I had the under in the Devils last game in Boston, and I had the following to say: "At the age of 40, it would only be natural for Martin Brodeur to show a noticeable decline in his play. Well, Marty might just be unnatural, because he's still getting the job done as well as any net-minder in the league. Brodeur is 3-0-1 with a 1.69 GAA average so far this season
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.
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.
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