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Devils vs. Canadiens - 1/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (24-11-2) at New Jersey Devils (13-19-7)
Date & Time Friday January 2, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New Jersey Devils +128 / Montreal Canadiens -141 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
RDS, MSG+
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NHL | Montreal Canadiens (24-11-2) at New Jersey Devils (13-19-7)
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The Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils play Friday night at the Prudential Center.

The Montreal Canadiens have won four straight and play their fourth straight road game. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have two power play goals in their last five games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 14 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 15 assists and P.K. Subban has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Carey Price has allowed 65 goals on 897 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 17 goals on 224 shots.

The New Jersey Devils have lost four of their last five games and continue to drop in the standings. The Devils are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The New Jersey Devils have one power play goal in their last five games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals. Mike Cammalleri leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 15 assists and Marek Zidlicky has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Devils are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Keith Kinkaid has allowed seven goals on 114 shots faced and Cory Schneider has given up 83 goals on 1,009 shots.

The Canadiens are 36-15 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Devils are 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 8-21-2 in the last 31 meetings in New Jersey and 18-41-3 in the last 62 meetings overall.

Hard to pick the Devils in this spot, especially with the way the Montreal Canadiens have been playing during this stretch. Take Montreal on the road for the cheap price. 

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens -141

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