New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens - 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens - 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Kirouac - USA Today

Montreal Canadiens (8-29-7) vs New Jersey Devils (15-25-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -138 / New Jersey Devils +110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens face the New Jersey Devils in Tuesday NHL action.

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, they have found the net 126 times, good for a rank of 21st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 30th ranked defensive team, 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 their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 8-29-7. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 44 games, the Canadiens have scored 99 goals, giving them an average of 2.23. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.91 goals per contest. So far, they have played the 3rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd 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 him 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 36% of his appearances.

Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 44 games, he has come up with 9 goals and 18 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. The team’s top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson with 9 goals, all coming during 5 on 5 time. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -19 in scoring differential.

In New Jersey's 45 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 25-18-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing on the road, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 13-7-1. On the season 60.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. When looking at the New Jersey Devils' performance during 5 on 5 time, their shooting percentage of 7.1% puts them below the league average. However, they have made up for this lack of efficiency by generating 5 on 5 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 total. Look for New Jersey to pick up the road win in a high-scoring affair.

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Joe’s Pick New Jersey Devils +110

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