The Metro Division meets the Pacific Division this evening as the New Jersey Devils take their horrid road record into Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta to grapple with the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils are off a 9-4 loss at Calgary, while the Oilers are off a 3-2 home win over the Rangers in OT.
Devils Get Crushed By The Flames
The New Jersey Devils are an awful road team and their road woes continued on Tuesday evening as the Devils fell at Calgary by a score of 9-4. The Devils are now at 8-27 on the road and they have averaged 2.54 gpg and have allowed 4.03 gpg in those games. New Jersey will not be in the postseason this year as they are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and they are 22 points out of the 8th spot. The Devils had a 4-3 lead heading to the 3rd, but Calgary scored six times in the final frame to grab the win. Scoring in the loss was Blake Coleman, which was his 20th of the year, Kyle Palmieri, which was his 27th, Kenny Agostino, which was his 4th and Travis Zajac, which was his 16th.
Mackenzie Blackwood got the start and he allowed all nine goals in the loss to fall to 6-8 with a 2.69 GAA on the year. Cory Schneider is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 4-13 with a 3,20 GAA on the year, including 1-9 with a 3.99 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 7-7 with a 2.04 GAA against the Oilers. New Jersey enters this game ranked 19th in the league in power play conversions at 17.6% and 4th in penalty kill at 83.8%.
Oilers Are Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive
The Edmonton Oilers are just 31-38 on the year and in 11tyh place in the Western Conference, but they are still very much alive for a playoff spot as the Oilers are just five points out of the 8th spot. The Oilers have been playing well as they come in having won five of their last six games after taking out the Rangers at home by a score of 3-2 in OT. The Oilers will now look to keep it rolling against one of the worst road teams in the league. Edmonton had a 2-0 lead on the Rangers just 8;02 into the game and it looked like the rout was on, but New York fought back and sent the game to OT, where Leon Draisaitl notched his 42nd of the year just 35 seconds into the extra session. Also scoring in the win was Connor McDavid, which was his 34th of the year and Matt Benning which was his 3rd.
Grabbing the win against the Rangers was Mikko Koskinen, who stopped 28 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 21-19 with a 2.734 GAA on the year, including 12-7 with a 2.37 GAA here at home. This will be his first meeting with the Devils. The Oilers have gone 16-18 here at home and they have averaged 2.94 gpg and have allowed 3.12 gpg in those games. Edmonton enters this game ranked 11th in the league in power play conversions at 21.0% and 30th in penalty kill at 75.6%.
- 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite of -201 or greater
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the Eastern Conference
New Jersey is:
- 7-19 in their last 26 games as an underdog of +201 or greater
- 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference