New Jersey Devils vs. Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds and NHL Hockey Sports Betting

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New Jersey at Ottawa, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New Jersey), TSN5, RDS (Ottawa)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
59 New Jersey Devils +1½ -225 +141 Ov 5½ +104
60 Ottawa Senators -1½ +195 -156 Un 5½ -115
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The New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Canadian Tire Centre.

ABOUT THE DEVILS (5-1-0): Veteran forward Drew Stafford, who was limited to eight goals while splitting last season between Winnipeg and Boston, already has recorded three in as many games and scored twice on Tuesday while playing on a line with rookie Nico Hischier. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Hischier collected a pair of assists against Tampa Bay but remains in search of his first goal. “Nico, he’s due, he’s well overdue, he could easily have six or seven right now,” Stafford told reporters. “Sooner or later the dam will break and he’ll start popping. He’s been very impressive to me so far.”

ABOUT THE SENATORS (3-1-2): Karlsson, who topped Ottawa in scoring last season and was magnificent in the playoffs, was not eased back into the lineup as he led all defensemen in ice time (22 minutes, 25 seconds) on Tuesday. “A little rusty, but overall OK,” Karlsson told reporters. “I think we played a well-enough game for me to get back into the groove of things. I still need to fine-tune a few things and it’s going to take some time, but overall, I felt pretty decent.” Defenseman Mark Borowiecki (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday’s contest.

Oddsmakers opened the Senators as -150-moneyline favorites versus the Devils, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Ottawa Senators have earned points in all but one game, but they still are in search of their first home victory as they prepare to host the surprising New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The Senators are 3-0-0 on the road but fell to 0-1-2 at the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday after being shut out 3-0 by Vancouver.

Ottawa was blanked in a rematch with the Canucks after completing a perfect three-game road trip during which it erupted for 12 goals in victories over Calgary and Edmonton. Captain Erik Karlsson, sidelined for the first five games after undergoing offseason foot surgery, had his season debut spoiled by the Senators’ latest setback but reported no ill effects. New Jersey recorded the fewest points in the Eastern Conference last season but is off to an impressive start with five wins in its first six games. “There’s no real reason to harp on the last couple of seasons,” Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, whose shootout goal was the difference in Tuesday’s 5-4 win over red-hot Tampa Bay, told reporters. “If you look back at last year, obviously it was a disappointment, but we’ve turned the page. We’re off to a good start and hopefully we can continue to play this good hockey.”

The Senators were a 3-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Vancouver at +166 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 5-4 winner at home against the Lightning. Bettors on New Jersey at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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New Jersey:
Team record: 5-1-0 SU
New Jersey is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games

Team record: 3-1-2 SU
Ottawa is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games
Ottawa is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games at home
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey home to San Jose Friday, October 20
Ottawa home to Toronto Saturday, October 21

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. The Senators were the last team to yield a power-play goal but are 15-for-16 on the penalty kill.

2. New Jersey is 8-for-26 on the power play but has surrendered seven man-advantage goals in its last five contests.

3. Senators C Kyle Turris has a 61.5 percent success rate on faceoffs after winning 11-of-13 draws on Tuesday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Ottawa Senators will win outright at -156 and the game will stay under 5½ goals according to

PREDICTION: Senators 3, Devils 2 at .

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