New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (11-12-5) at New Jersey Devils (9-14-4)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils -140 / Chicago Blackhawks +127 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils meet Friday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 13.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 14 goals, Erik Gustafsson has six assists and Alex DeBrincat has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 44 goals on 483 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 34 goals on 478 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

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The New Jersey Devils could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 13.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 10 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Blake Coleman has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 26 goals on 176 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 60 goals on 577 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in five straight games.

The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-9 in their last 12 games as a road underdog and 3-10 in their last 13 road games. The Devils are 15-36 in their last 51 Friday games, 2-8 in their last 10 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 6-2 in Blackhawks last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Blackhawks are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in New Jersey. The favorite is 15-5 in the last 20 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings.

I'm not laying juice with the New Jersey Devils in their current form regardless of opponent, and I'm not backing the Chicago Blackhawks on the end of a back to back. The Chicago Blackhawks haven't won back to back games in nearly three weeks. Instead, I'll side with the over in this contest. Both of these teams have major defensive issues and the last two games between the Blackhawks and Devils have combined for 20 goals. Four of the last five meetings have produced seven or more goals. Give me the over in this matchup between two struggling teams.

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