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New Jersey vs. Anaheim,
03/01/2020 20:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 0
Money Line: -140 Anaheim
8* Anaheim (8:05 ET): This is not a good time to be backing New Jersey as the last place team from the Metro will be playing its third road game in four nights as well as the second game of a back to back. Tonight marks the end of the dreaded “Southern California swing” as the Devils have previously lost in San Jose and Los Angeles and now head to Anaheim. The Ducks await where they’ll be fresh off two consecutive wins, the last one coming against Pittsburgh. I haven’t backed Anaheim much this season, but this is a great spot to do so.
The Ducks, like the Devils, won’t be making the playoffs this season. They are tied with the Sharks for 6th in the Pacific at 60 points. But it’s important to note that the team we’re getting on the ice tonight doesn’t necessarily resemble the one we’ve seen for the balance of the season. This was an active team at the trade deadline with seven trades made in total, six of them on Monday. The newcomers are paying dividends so far as they led the way in Friday’s upset of Pittsburgh.
Making the situation even worse for New Jersey is the fact last night’s game went into overtime. It was their second straight OT loss, so you have to wonder how much they have left in the tank for this one. Despite beating Anaheim (at home) back in December, the Devils have lost 9 of the last 12 head to head meetings. The new-look Ducks get their revenge here as they take care of a NJ club that is just 1-5 SU if they went to OT the previous day. 8* Anaheim