Montreal Canadiens (33-21-8) at New Jersey Devils (25-25-11)
|Date & Time||Monday February 27, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +105 / Montreal Canadiens -120 --- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens head to the Prudential Center for an NHL hockey bout with the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
The Montreal Canadiens have been a shell of the team we saw early in the season so Claude Julien was brought in to provide a spark to turn things around. The jury is still out on the Julien move although he is 2-2 with the Habs after a 3-2, overtime victory at Toronto on Saturday for the 14th straight win versus the Maple Leafs. Andrew Shaw tallied the game winner in the extra session with Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk scoring in regulation with the latter lighting the lamp with a mere 55 seconds remaining. Carey Price gave the Canadiens a strong effort in the nets with 32 stops to give the team a four point lead in the Wild Card race. The Toronto offense came from Auston Matthews who scored both goals while Frederik Andersen took the loss on 25 stops.
The surging New York Rangers blew a 2-0 lead but recovered to pick up a 4-3, overtime win at the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday to lift the team to their 9th win in eleven contests. The balanced Rangers attack saw Mika Zibanejad tally the winner just 1:16 in to OT, with Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg and Adam Clendening also finding the back of the net to make a winner of Anti Raanta who recorded 35 saves to improve to 12-5-0. The Devils offense received goals from Adam Henrique, in the second with Kyle Palmieri scoring twice in the third to give New Jersey a short lived lead. Cory Schneider absorbed the loss with 36 saves as the Devils have one win in their past five contests.
The Canadiens are 0-8 in their last 8 games following a win and the under is 3-0-1 in Canadiens last 4 Monday games while the Canadiens are 0-6 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 3-0-2 in Devils last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and the under is 5-1 in Devils last 6 vs. Atlantic while the under is 4-1-2 in Devils last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and the Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the road team is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings.
The Canadiens have generally fared well in this match up but our choices are a struggling New Jersey and an over rated Montreal so I lean to the Habs while waiting for goalies…