Looking to win big? The Canadiens and Devils face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Devils are hosting the game at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Devils are favored by -1.5 goals vs. the Canadiens.

MONTREAL CANADIENS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Jersey Devils -1.5

This game will be played at Prudential Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Devils picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Devils on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)

Are the Canadiens Ready for a Road Win?

Montreal enters the game with a record of 22-27-8 and have lost four straight games. On the road, the Canadiens are 11-11-5 and have dropped two straight games away from home. In the Eastern Conference, Montreal is in 14th place and 7th in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 3-7.

As the underdog, Montreal has gone 18-26-8 this season and have lost six straight games when not favored. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens have gone 12-20 this season. In their last five games, Montreal has gone 1-4, and they have lost their last three games as well.

So far this season, the Canadiens have gone 35-22 against the puck line, including a road puck line record of 17-10. Overall, their average scoring margin sits at -0.8 goals per game.

Montreal has been the underdog in 52 of their games, and their puck line record as the underdog is at 34-18. In their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 7-3 against the puck line.

This season, Montreal’s games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Canadiens currently have an over/under record of 29-27-1.

Although Montreal has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

The Canadiens come into the game scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game, putting them 27th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 26th in the league. This season, the Canadiens have a 5-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 17-20 record.

Montreal will be looking for a good game from Nick Suzuki who leads the team in scoring with 20 goals, ranking 50th in the NHL. Suzuki also comes into the game with 33 assists.

Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 15th in takeaways at 6.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL.

Goalie Sam Montembeault gets the start and has made 26 starts this season. His record at this point is 12-10, and his save percentage is 0.757%.

Is a Home Win Possible for New Jersey?

At home this season, the Devils have gone 13-14-2 and have lost two straight games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 10th place and have a record of 17-16 against conference opponents. So far, they have been favored in 40 of their 56 games and have gone 23-15-2 in those games.

Over their last ten games, New Jersey has gone 4-6 and are currently on a two-game losing streak. Against teams from the Metropolitan Division, they have gone 9-9 this year. Overall, they have a record of 28-24-4 and have 60 points.

At home this season, the Devils have an average scoring margin of -.4 goals per game, and their puck line record is 5-24. So far, New Jersey has gone 20-36 against the puck line, including losing their last two games. Overall, the Devils have 16 wins by more than one goal compared to 12 wins by just one goal.

Against the puck line as the favorite, New Jersey’s record is 12-28, and their average scoring margin in those games is +.2 goals per contest. In their last ten home games, the Devils have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.

This season, New Jersey’s games have an average of 6.8 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Devils come in with an over/under performance of 32-23-1.

Across their three previous road games, Montreal has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 3 goals per game.

On the offensive side, the Devils are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 12th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 10th in the league. This season, the Devils have a 20-12 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 8-11 record.

New Jersey will be looking for a good game from Tyler Toffoli who leads the team in scoring with 24 goals, ranking 27th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.

Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 15th in takeaways at 6.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL.

Entering the game, goalie Nico Daws has started 14 games this season. His current record stands at 6-8, and his save percentage is 0.439%.