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New Jersey Devils Odds - Lack of offense will hamper Devils

Posted by Don Melrose on 9/17/2009 12:56:23 PM
NHL linesThe New Jersey Devils odds for this year are similar to last year’s. They are a quality team in the East, but they don’t have enough of a scoring punch to be a real Stanley Cup contender. Online betting cappers know that with Martin Brodeur around, this team will be competitive, but they haven't improved from the team that exited quickly from last year's playoffs.

New Jersey Devils Odds: +2000 to win Stanley Cup

  • Jacques Lemaire takes over as head coach
  • Devils will have to find more scoring after Brian Gionta departed via free agency
  • Loss of John Madden will hurt penalty kill

New Jersey Devils odds maker breakdown: OFFENSE
The Devils are one of the most offensively challenged teams in the NHL, which paves the way for some concern for this year considering the team lost 60-point man Brian Gionta to free agency. Another concern is the coaching change from Brent Sutter to Jacques Lemaire, which makes this team even more defensive-minded. Zach Parise had a breakout year in 2008, but NHL betting fans know he may not be as effective in the new system. This team needs more scoring.

New Jersey Devils odds maker breakdown: DEFENSE
While the Devils may lack scoring, they are going to be one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. When it comes to facing the elite teams in the playoffs, they might struggle because their defense lacks a No.1 shutdown defenseman, but as a team, they are one of the soundest squads. The addition of Lemaire to the staff means that they will be very cautious forecheckers and will trap more often. This will be a boring team to watch.

New Jersey Devils odds maker breakdown: GOALTENDING
Sportsbook odds makers know that the Devils will be competitive on a nightly basis because Martin Brodeur is still around. Regardless of what anyone says after the soft goal he gave up in Game 7 of the first round against Carolina, Brodeur is still one of the best goalies in the NHL.

New Jersey Devils odds maker breakdown: SPECIAL TEAMS
The Devils will have solid special teams, as per usual, but one concern will be the loss of John Madden to free agency. Madden has long been one of the best penalty killers on the team and his role will not be easy to replace. Even so, Brodeur will be the best penalty killer this team has, since the power play will only go as far as their opponents’ scoring can take it.

New Jersey Devils odds maker breakdown: SEASON OUTLOOK
The Devils have a high floor but a low ceiling. They are going to be a playoff team again, but they won’t be able to do much damage when they get there. They will be a really sound defensive team, but unfortunately they once again won’t have the offense to compete against the elite teams.

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Don Melrose is's hockey expert.



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