As we get started in hockey in November, one could make a case for three of the four division leaders to be where they are. The one that makes no sense is in the Metropolitan Division.
Every sportsbook with NHL win totals had New Jersey with the lowest figure in their division and to be among a few teams expected to have the worst record in the East Conference. Instead, the Devils are raising hell with a 9-2 SU record, which includes a perfect 5-0 road record.
New Jersey’s success has largely come by their offense, which is 5th in scoring and having the 5th-best power play. The Devils have been solid defensively, listed at 10th in goals allowed. For those of us making NHL picks, should we continue to ride or jump on the New Jersey bandwagon? The best answer is probably “No” since they have two troubling signs. The Devils have been outshot in nine of their first 11 games and are 5th in most shots allowed. Of those in the Top 5 of that category as of Nov.2 , New Jersey is the only team with a SU winning record.