New Jersey Devils (17-9-4) at Montreal Canadiens (13-14-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -165 / New Jersey Devils +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Montreal Canadiens welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for a Thursday NHL tilt.
The New Jersey Devils had struggled at both ends of the ice in losing three of four before putting those issues behind them in a dominating 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. The Surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.
The New Jersey offense received a pair of goals from Taylor Hall, one on the power play in the first and an unassisted tally in the second. Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also lit the lamp for the Devils while Gibbons also posted an assist to make a winner of Cory Schneider and his 16 save performance.
The Montreal Canadiens are trying to iron out the highs and lows with the team following a five game winning streak with a three game skid. Montreal is coming off of a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Edmonton Oilers were the team struggled in most areas. The Canadiens offense came off the sticks of Alex Galchenyuk and Oscar Klefbom Carey Price gave up four goals on 14 shots before Antti Niemi came on and stopped 24-26 shots.
The explosive Oilers attack featured a pair of tallies from Jujhar Khaira with Milan Lucic, Oscar Klefbom, Michael Cammallri and Yohann Auvito all joining the scoring column. Connor McDavid logged a pair of helpers for Edmonton with Laurent Brossoit recording 22 saves to pick up the win.
Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 vs. Atlantic. Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and under is 6-1-1 in Canadiens last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-1-1 in Canadiens last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. Devils are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and under is 18-7-5 in the last 30 meetings in Montreal and over is 5-2-6 in the last 13 meetings.
Montreal has not played well recently but they do seem to crank it up against New Jersey which has me leaning their way right now…