[7:00 PM] Wild @ Devils

Who will WIN this matchup?

Minnesota Wild (3-1-0)

@ New Jersey Devils (1-2-1)


Starting Goalies:

Devan Dubnyk (MIN): Connfirmed

Cory Schneider (NJ): Confirmed


Current odds:

Minnesota Wild: (+102)

New Jersey Devils: (-113)


Goaltending, however, has not been an issue for the Devils, who are in the same spot through four games as they finished the 2015-16 season – last in the NHL in scoring. New Jersey has played four straight one-goal games, winning once while scoring a total of six goals.

Minnesota has no such concerns on offense as it carries a three-game winning streak into the opener of a four-game road trip. The Wild have lost four of their last five against the Devils, including their last three trips to New Jersey.

Eric Staal went through a miserable offensive season a year ago that saw the longtime captain of Carolina shipped to the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. Staal has rediscovered his touch in Minnesota, scoring three times in four games to match his output in 20 contests with the Rangers.

New Jersey could not protect a third-period lead in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Thursday – wasting another strong performance by Cory Schneider, who has started all four games and owns a .938 save percentage.

Schneider is 9-6-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average versus Minnesota.


StreakSmarts Pick: New Jersey Devils

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick