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Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils at Chicago Blackhawks
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
United Center
Chi
The Line
Chicago Blackhawks -167 / New Jersey Devils +137 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
WGN, MSG+2
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NHL | New Jersey Devils at Chicago Blackhawks
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The New Jersey Devils and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Thursday night.

The New Jersey Devils will be out to rebound after beind slapped by St. Louis by a final score of 8-3 in their last outing. St. Louis jumped ahead 2-0 early before Pavel Zacha got the Devils on the board. The Blues carried a 3-1 lead into the 2nd where the lead swelled to 6-1 and 7-1 within the opening minute of the 3rd frame. Kyle Palmieri pulled a goal back before St. Louis responded to make it 8-2. Mirco Mueller added a consolation goal of his own but it was too little too late as the damage had already been done. Keith Kinkaid took the loss, falling to 15-17-6 after allowing all 8 goals on 39 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound after having their 7-game winning streak snapped after a 6-3 loss to Boston last time out. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring for the Blackhawks before the B’s responded with a pair of goals :49 apart to tie and take the lead. Boston pushed their lead to 3-1 after 20 minutes of play and 4-1 late in the 2nd before Duncan Keith responded with a goal 1:31 later. Erik Gustafsson cut the deficit to 4-3 but that’s as close as Chicago would get as Boston tallied two more goals to secure the win and send Chicago back empty-handed. Collin Delia took the loss, falling to 6-3-3 this season after allowing all 6 goals on 37 shots faced in the losing effort.

New Jersey is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record and 17-35 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. Chicago is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

New Jersey has had a lot of success between these two teams, but I’m not trying to read too much into that as these teams just meet twice a year. The fact here is that while it’s not the ideal price to pay with Chicago, the Blackhawks are playing the much better hockey between the two teams here. Chicago has also played very well at home lately, so I’ll lay the juice with the Blackhawks in this one.

Pick:
Chicago -167

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