NHL Betting: New Jersey Devils to haunt the Oilers

Two defeats to divisional rivals is the damage of a disappointing first week for New Jersey, though the point they gained in a shootout loss is more than the Edmonton Oilers can claim to have gained.

Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder at least look to be settling in quick in Jersey as the only Devils to score, they have been unfortunate in that their opponents have been clinical against them.

Some of Edmonton's issues could be attributed to them being deprived of their leading two centerman, fortunately former first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins should return to make his season bow tonight but Sam Gagner remains unavailable.

Patience is also running out towards goalie Devan Dubnyk who has allowed 10 goals on 59 shots and may well be the scapegoat for their overall defensive problems, journeyman backup Jason LaBarbera is expected to start tonight though that cannot be a long term solution.

I'm struggling to see why the Oilers have been given such an edge in the odds, New Jersey surely have a great chance out at 3.00.



New York Rangers vs LA Kings

The New York Rangers have been kicking their heels slightly ahead of tonight's contest versus the LA Kings as the only side who have iced for just a single game so far, it may prove to be a bonus as the extra practices have given further time for new head coach Alain Vigneault to implement his systems.

Dwelling on Thursday's loss in Phoenix would be ill advised for the Rangers as very little went right, a lack of offensive zone puck possession led to just 24 shots on net. As good as the Kings are their confidence in big situations comes from Jonathan Quick in net, he's probably shaking off the offseason dust but his shakiness allowed Winnipeg's flurry of goals to happen on Friday.

This West Coast trip is a tricky way for New York to start the season after there were no inter-conference games last season, back LA to make it count inside Staples Center at 2.05.


Best Bet: New Jersey Devils to win at 3.00