New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators - 2/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators - 2/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak - USA Today

Ottawa Senators (14-22-4) vs New Jersey Devils (15-25-5)

Game Info: Monday, February 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -125 / New Jersey Devils +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the New Jersey Devils as NHL resumes action on Monday following the All Star Break.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 14-22-4. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 40 games, the Senators have scored 110 goals, giving them an average of 2.73 goals per game. This output gives the Senators a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 18th ranked unit, giving up 3.38 goals per contest. So far, they have played the most difficult schedule in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 15-25-5. Through 45 games, the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, the Devils have found the net 126 times, good for a rank of 21st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 3rd worst scoring defense, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.53 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 11th in the league. When diving into the Devils' opponent-adjusted scoring margin, New Jersey come into this game as the  27th ranked team in the NHL.

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Through 42 games, the New Jersey Devils' goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt with 41 points. He has reached his mark of 14 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind Bratt is Jack Hughes, who has 15 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -12.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has come up with a quality start in just 36% of his appearances.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Drake Batherson. In his team's 40 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 21 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 17.6%. The Senators top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, Norris' offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 3.02 goals per game while turning in a quality start in 53% of his games.

In a matchup of two struggling teams, look for New Jersey to come up with the road win. When looking at the Devils' performance during five-on-five times, their shooting percentage of 7.1% puts them below the league average. However, the Devils have made up for this lack of efficiency by generating five-on-five scoring chances at an above-average rate. Based on the quality of their shot attempts, advanced metrics show the Devils should have at least 6.6 more goals on their season-long total. On the other side, Ottawa not only struggles during even five-on-five situations but has trouble generating quality scoring chances. 

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