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Devils vs Islanders Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Thursday (Jan 13)

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Jan 12, 2022 · 5:51 PM PST

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) ) pauses during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jim McIsaac)
  • The New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, January 13th
  • The Isles are listed as heavy home favorites in the Thursday NHL odds
  • Read below for Devils vs Islanders odds, predictions and best NHL pick

The New York Islanders (10-12-6) host the New Jersey Devils (14-17-15) in one of 11 NHL games on the schedule for Thursday, January 13th. Puck drop is 7:30pm ET at UBS Arena.

The Islanders are listed as heavy home favorites in the Thursday NHL odds.  New York is 5-2-1 since incurring an 11-game losing streak that ended on December 5th.

It’s a great opportunity to try out New York sports betting. Let’s take a look at the Devils vs Islanders odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction.

Devils vs Islanders Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
7:30pm ET New Jersey Devils +1.5 (-148) O 5.5 (-113) +175
January 13th, 2022 New York Islanders -1.5 (+120) U 5.5 (-108) -215

Odds as of January 12th at Barstool Sportsbook.

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Isles Heavy Favorites

New York is one of the more heavily favored teams in the Thursday NHL odds. The Islanders are finally returning to action after a lengthy absence due to COVID. Barry Trotz’ team last took the ice January 1st, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at UBS Arena.

New York is playing much better hockey following a brutal 11-game losing streak in November. The Isles are 5-2-1 in their past eight games, including consecutive victories over Buffalo and Edmonton. Captain Anders Lee brings a two-game goal streak into Thursday’s matchup.

Although the Islanders remain one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams, they’ve tallied at least three goals in four consecutive contests. Defensively, the Isles rank 11th in the NHL in GAA (2.75). Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov are alternating goalie starts and having strong seasons.

Although the Islanders are healthy enough to field a team Thursday, they do have some key absences. Defenseman Ryan Pulock and head coach Barry Trotz were both added to the COVID protocol list Wednesday, while forward Kyle Palmieri is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Devils’ Betting Value Impacted by COVID

The Devils are large underdogs in the Thursday NHL odds primarily due to their depleted lineup. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton is on IR with a broken jaw, while forward Jesper Bratt, blueliner Damon Severson and goalies MacKenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier are in COVID protocol.

The only healthy goalie on New Jersey’s roster is Jon Gillies, who has posted a .902 save percentage and 2.97 GAA in two starts against Anaheim and Pittsburgh this season. The Devils rank 26th in the NHL in GAA (3.39), so not having an experienced goalie hurts their betting value.

The Devils are still 4-2-0 in their last six games, including a 4-3 loss to Columbus in their most recent game on Saturday. Top-line center Jack Hughes is on the verge of NHL stardom, posting three goals and nine points over his past five games.

Devils vs Islanders Prediction

It’s hard to feel overly confident in the Islanders considering the long layoff and projected absence of coach Trotz. Where they do hold a huge edge is goaltending, as Sorokin has helped the Isles take two of the past three meetings with New Jersey.

Devils vs Islanders Recent Results

Date Home-Away Money Line Puck Line Over/Under
12/11/2021 NYI 4 – NJD 1 NYI NYI Over
11/11/2021 NJD 4 – NYI 0 NJD NJD Under
05/08/2021 NYI 5 – NJD 1 NYI NYI Over
05/06/2021 NYI 1 – NJD 2 NJD NJD Under
03/14/2021 NJD 2 – NYI 3 SO NYI NJD Under

While not having Trotz hurts, the Islanders were actually without him in their past game due to a personal matter. Longtime assistant coach Lane Lambert took over in that win over Edmonton and is expected to get tapped again for Thursday’s matchup.

New York ranks fifth in the NHL in high-danger chances allowed and should have an answer for a depleted Devils’ offense that will rely heavily on Hughes’ line. On the flip side, the Isles’ offense should stay hot vs a New Jersey defense missing Hamilton and Blackwood.

The Isles are 4-1 in their last five home games and will field a much more balanced roster than their opposition Thursday. Back New York to get it done in regulation on home ice against this depleted New Jersey squad.

Pick: Islanders Regulation Line (-129)

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