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New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/25/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils
Date & Time Monday February 25, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Prudential Center
Newark, New Jersey
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -136 / New Jersey Devils +112 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
TSN2, MSG+
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The Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils meet Monday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 26 goals, Max Domi has 34 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 120 goals on 1,438 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 57 goals on 515 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The New Jersey Devils could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 26 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Blake Coleman has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 44 goals on 406 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 129 goals on 1,188 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Devils are 16-33 in their last 49 Monday games, 20-43 in their last 63 games as a home underdog and 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog. The under is 16-6-1 in Canadiens last 23 overall. The over is 5-2 in Devils last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The New Jersey Devils have won five of the last seven meetings against the Montreal Canadiens, including a 3-2 overtime win on the road last month. The problem is the Devils have a serious problem keeping the puck out of the back of the net and have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens have been consistent in getting the job done in the favorite role lately and show up with the same effort defensively. That should be the difference here. 

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens -136

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