Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils - 11/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (10-4-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (8-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CSNC
The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for another feel good victory after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brian Gibbons leads New Jersey with seven goals, Taylor Hall has 12 assists and Will Butcher has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 32 goals on 391 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 13 goals on 134 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need another win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with six goals, Patrick Kane has nine assists and Ryan Hartman has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 25 goals on 431 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 11 goals on 105 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
The Devils are 5-13 in their last 18 road games, 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-7 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Blackhawks are 59-23 in their last 82 Sunday games, 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings.
Both teams have been hit or miss this season, but the upside is clearly with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have been much more consistent with its defense and that's a sign that the wins will start picking up once the offense can show up. The Devils have also had very little success playing on the end of back to backs, while the Blackhawks have obviously had their way with New Jersey over the years. I'll take the home team here.