Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils - Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/2/13
New Jersey Devils (11-11-5) at Montreal Canadiens (15-9-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -191 / New Jersey Devils +173 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New Jersey Devils are 26th in the National Hockey League with 2.18 goals per game, have scored just 59 total goals, and don't seem to be finding any resolution for their goal scoring woes. Their defense has kept them in games all year long and their goaltending between Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider has really made the difference. It's a credit to all of them that the Devils have ben able to to stay afloat with a record of 11-11-5 despite how difficult things have been at times for them this season.Still, it's imperative that the Devils figure out a way to generate more offense because these are the types of games that wear on you as the season goes along. Last week. New Jesey lost to Winnipeg and San Jose and scored just one goal in each game. The Devils fell to Carolina 4-3 on home ice and scored two of those three goals late in the third period. Two nights later New Jersey exploded for a 5-2 win with four of those goals coming in the third period after they trailed 2-1. On Saturday the Devils needed overtime to take down the lowly Buffalo Sabres 1-0. Steve Bernier scored his second goal of the season with under a minute remaining in the overtime session to give New Jersey the win. Schneider improved to 4-5-3 and made 15 saves to record the shutout. It was a relatively easy night for Schneider as the team in front of him really gave up nothing all night long. It won't be as easy on Monday night when the Devils travel to Montreal to take on a Canadiens club in the first of a home-and-home. Montreal has won five of their last six games and rebounded from their loss to the Washington Capitals with a big win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban scored first period goals, and Tomas Plekanec and Pacioretty scored in the second period as Montreal took a commanding 4-0 lead on their way to a 4-2 win. Carey Price made 34 saves and picked up his 11th win of the season. The Devils have been excellent defensively all year long and New Jersey always seems to play well in Montreal. The Canadiens have played some really good hockey of late and are getting their footing after a slow start. This should be a fun home-and-home between these two teams. This isn't the greatest number here for the Canadiens but maybe they'll be able to keep the Devils goal scoring woes going.
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