Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (24-40-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (19-40-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +105 / Montreal Canadiens +200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday NHL Action.

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 19-40-11. Through 70 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 181 times, good for a rank of 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 31st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.8 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 6th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 24-40-6. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 70 games, the Devils have scored 214 goals, giving them an average of 3.01. This output gives them a rank of 18th among NHL teams. On defense, New Jersey is the 29th ranked unit, giving up 3.67 goals per contest. So far, the Devils have played the 3rd 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 70 games, the Montreal Canadiens goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki with 51 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, with a shooting percentage of 10.9%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 19 assists to go along with his 16 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --20 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.27 goals per game.

Through 70 games, New Jersey's leading goal scorer is Jack Hughes. With his 26 goals and 30 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 56. On the season, he is turning 15.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Devils have benefited from the strong play of Jesper Bratt, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New Jersey's 70 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.3%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1.0. 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 41 percent of the time.

In Montreal's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-28-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-13-1. On the season 61.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 41.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. In New Jersey's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-27-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-17-1. 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. Heading into the game, New Jersey's goalies have combined for the lowest save percentage at just 89%, with Montreal only slightly better at 91%. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, surpassing the line of 6.5 goals.

 

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