Seattle Kraken at New Jersey Devils odds, picks, and prediction
The Seattle Kraken (1-2-1) and New Jersey Devils (1-0-0) meet Tuesday for a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Below, we look at the Kraken vs. Devils odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
Expansion Seattle is closing out a season-opening road trip. After three competitive games coming out of the chute, the Kraken were set down 6-1 at Philadelphia Monday. Seattle has been undone by an .856 save percentage in 5-on-5 play.
The Devils are playing the second of five straight home games after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime Friday. New Jersey rallied for the win after yielding two late goals in the third period. The Devils also won the game from an analytics standpoint, out-chance-ing Chicago and getting the lion's share of high-danger looks, even in the sideways third period.
Kraken at Devils odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Kraken +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Devils -155 (bet $155 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Kraken +1.5 (-205) | Devils -1.5 (+155)
- Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -130 | U: +105)
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Kraken at Devils projected goalies
Chris Driedger (last season: 14-6-3, 2.07 GAA, .927 SV%) vs. Jonathan Bernier (last season: 9-11-1 2.99 GAA, .914 SV%)
Driedger played the back half of Saturday's loss at Philadelphia, making six stops on seven shots. The 27-year-old is coming off tremendous back-to-back campaigns as the Florida Panthers No. 2 netminder.
Bernier came to Jersey from the Detroit Red Wings in the offseason. The 33-year-old veteran has a history as a somewhat slow starter, but he was solid on opening night against Chicago (17-of-17 in 5-on-5).
Kraken at Devils odds, lines, picks and predictions
Devils 3, Kraken 2
The Devils are the lean here. The Kraken could well be a fatigued group looking forward to their return home and inaugural game on Seattle ice Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
Consider a partial-unit play or waiting out a price under -145. But NEW JERSEY (-155) is in the right neighborhood.
PASS on the puck line with this one having a significant lean toward the Under and a shade toward the Devils.
BACK THE ALTERNATE TOTAL UNDER 6.5 (-140): there is enough of a chance of a one-sided Devils win with the visitors held under 2 goals. And there is an equal pull on the concept of Driedger keeping the Kraken in a 2-2-type game late.
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