New Jersey Devils (41-28-9) at Montreal Canadiens (28-38-12)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +144 / New Jersey Devils -160 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens meet Sunday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The New Jersey Devils look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 34 goals, Will Butcher has 37 assists and Nico Hischier has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 109 goals on 1,202 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 99 goals on 1,102 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a feel good win here after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 30 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 30 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 137 goals on 1,393 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 42 goals on 457 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed four or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-13 in their last 16 Sunday games. The Canadiens are 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-21 in their last 29 overall. The Devils are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 20-7-5 in the last 32 meetings in Montreal.
The Montreal Canadiens are unbackable in their current form, as they're clearly a team that's checked out on the season and is waiting for the vacation to take place. The New Jersey Devils have caught fire over the last month and are playing like a team that wants to make playoffs. The Devils don't have much recent success against the Canadiens, but I'm not sure that matters here, as Montreal has been a punching bag for every team the last several weeks. Give me the Devils to stay hot.