Is there an NHL team that is more erratic and hard to figure out than the New Jersey Devils? They missed the playoffs in 2010-11, and then went to the Stanley Cup final in 2011-12. That was followed by five successive seasons absent of postseason action. Then in 2017-18, the Devils roared back into the playoffs, led by winger Taylor Hall, the Hart Trophy winner that season.
But just when it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel for the Devils, it turned out to be an oncoming train. The Devils crashed and burned again in 2018-19, dropping back among the bottom feeders of the NHL and again missing out on playoff action.
For years, New Jersey was the definition of frugal. The Devils won with a smothering defensive system. They were the paragons of the so-called Dead Puck Era, when the offense was literally squeezed out of the game via hooking, holding and interference. New Jersey won three Stanley Cups from 1995-2003. But the NHL cracked down on obstruction following the 2004-05 lockout and the Devils struggled to adapt to the NHL’s new way of officiating the game.
Today’s Devils seem to be uncertain as to what the identity of their team should be. A team that used to be the safest under bet in the NHL because they were so tight defensively, the current Devils rate among the most consistent over plays in the NHL, but that’s partly due to their inability to keep the puck out of their own net.
Betting on the Devils is a tricky proposition because like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get with them. Perhaps the safest play when wagering on Devils games is to take a wait and see approach, and thanks to live in-game wagering, that’s now an option. The array of live bets at 888Sport are endless. One of their more intriguing offers is the Goal Scorer – Regular Time wager. This market offers you the chance to place a bet on a specific player, and gives you four options to play – will they score the first goal of the game, the last goal of the game, will they score at all, or will they be kept off the scoresheet?
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