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New Jersey Devils vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (19-18-4) at New Jersey Devils (14-16-7)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New Jersey Devils -145 / Vancouver Canucks +120 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
MSG+, RSNP
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The Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils meet Monday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Vancouver Canucks look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 19 goals, Nikolay Goldobin has 18 assists and Bo Horvat has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 82 goals on 909 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 33 goals on 330 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 19 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Nico Hischier has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 29 goals on 196 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 82 goals on 825 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.

The Canucks are 17-35 in their last 52 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win, 17-38 in their last 55 Monday games and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 13-5 in Devils last 18 overall. The under is 2-0-2 in Canucks last 4 overall.

The Vancouver Canucks are playing more consistent hockey at the moment, so the plus money is worth a look, but they haven't beaten the New Jersey Devils since November of 2014. Granted, these clubs haven't played in over a year, but seven straight wins is still seven straight wins. This is also a fairly early game, and I like to give the edge to the home team with a quick start, as it's easier to get the blood flowing when waking up in your own bed. Give me the New Jersey Devils.

Pick:
New Jersey Devils -145

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