New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche, Friday, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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New Jersey at Colorado, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, December 1, 2017
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: 9 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus2 (New Jersey, Altitude (Colorado), NHL.TV
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
65 New Jersey Devils -1½ +255 -108 Ov 6 +106
66 Colorado Avalanche +1½ -305 -102 Un 6 -117
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The New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

ABOUT THE DEVILS (14-6-4): Vatanen’s acquisition overshadowed the homecoming of rookie defenseman Will Butcher, who won the Hobey Baker Award while leading Denver to the national title in April. General manager Ray Shero said Henrique was initially shocked by the deal but noted Vatanen fills both a short- and long-term need. “In acquiring Sami, we bring on a right shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all situations,” Shero said. “This move also gives us contract certainty on the back end for the next two-plus years.”

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (12-9-2): Nathan MacKinnon put the finishing touches on a superb November by delivering the decisive goal in overtime in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Winnipeg. MacKinnon’s strike came 30 seconds after he had the apparent game-winning tally waved off and pushed his total for the month to five goals and 15 assists for 20 points — the latter two league highs. Starting netminder Semyon Varlamov returned for the lineup for the first time in 11 days and turned aside 31 of 33 shots.

Oddsmakers opened the Avalanche as -102-moneyline favorites versus the Devils, while the game’s total opened at 6.

The New Jersey Devils are among the league’s early-season surprises, battling for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. That didn’t stop New Jersey from swinging a three-player trade with Anaheim for defenseman Sami Vatanen, who is expected to be in the lineup Friday when the Devils open a three-game road trip at the Colorado Avalanche.

New Jersey traded longtime forward Adam Henrique along with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 condition third-round pick to the Ducks in exchange for Vatanen. “Obviously he’s a very good friend, a very good teammate for a few years, we’re going to miss him,” Devils captain Andy Greene said. “But we get another good player coming back, you have to give up good people and good players to get good players in return.” Colorado also is off to an unexpected start and is already more than halfway to last season’s league-worst total of 48 points. The Avalanche dropped a 4-1 decision at New Jersey in the second game of the season, but they are 8-2-0 at Pepsi Center as they continue a five-game homestand.

The Avalanche were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +118 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 3-2 loser at home against the Panthers. Bettors on Florida at +107 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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New Jersey:
Team record: 14-6-4 SU
New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
New Jersey is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road

Team record: 12-9-2 SU
Colorado is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Colorado’s last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games

Next up:
New Jersey at Arizona Saturday, December 2
Colorado home to Dallas Sunday, December 3

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Colorado has won six straight at home in the series, limiting New Jersey to six goals.

2. Vatanen scored a career-high 12 goals in 2014-15, with seven coming on the power play.

3. Varlamov is 4-1-0 with eight goals allowed against the Devils.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Colorado Avalanche will win outright at -102 and the game will stay under 6 goals according to

PREDICTION: Avalanche 3, Devils 2 at .

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