Vancouver Canucks at New Jersey Devils - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at New Jersey Devils - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (18-29-5) vs Vancouver Canucks (25-22-6)

Game Info: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -110 / Vancouver Canucks -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the Vancouver Canucks in Monday NHL Action.

The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 25-22-6. Through 53 games, the Canucks are 6th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 147 times, good for a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.75 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 13th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 18th ranked team in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 18-29-5. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 52 games, the Devils have scored 157 goals, giving them an average of 3.0. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, New Jersey is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.6 goals per contest. So far, the Devils have played the 14th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New Jersey's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Through 51 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller with 57 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 30.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 37 assists to go along with his 4 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.61 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, the New Jersey Devils' goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt, with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jack Hughes, who has 21 assists to go along with his 15 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -11.0 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 just 37% percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Canucks have an over-under record of 24-28. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 16-12. On the season, 47.0% of Vancouver's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 51.0% of the scoring coming from the Canucks. In New Jersey's 52 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-20-1. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 13-12-1. On the season, 63.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. With a line at 6.5 goals, I see this matchup finishing below that line and recommend taking the under.

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