New Jersey vs Minnesota: prediction for the NHL game
New Jersey Devils
New Jerseylack consistency, but they still made a big improvement compared to their previous seasons. Currently,the Devilsare 9th in the East with 19 points in the asset, and they still have a good chance of making the playoffs.
In the last three games, the Devils suffered two consecutive defeats to the Rangers (3:4 SO) and Florida (1:4), and celebrated success against Tampa (5:3). Mercer is the most productive forward in the team - he has already scored 12 points.
Minnesota are 3rd in the West with 23 points. After a confident victory against Dallas (7:2), they lost two games in a row. First, the Wild yielded to Florida (4:5), and then were defeated by Tampa in the shootout (4:5 SO).
Minnesota deliver solid results away. They won 6 out of 11 games and on average scored 3 goals in every match. Minnesota's best forward at the moment is Kaprizov, who has already chalked up 19 points.
In the last 3 games, Minnesota scored at least 4 goals.
Both sides scored in the second period in 4 games out of 5.
Minnesota looked decent in the previous two games against powerful opponents. We believe that the Wild will be able to beat New Jersey, who are not particularly consistent this season
Our prediction - Minnesota to win
Previous games of Minnesota were high-scoring, and so were most of the Devils' games, too. The teams enjoy open hockey, so we expect them to overcome the total of 5.5 goals today.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals