It was a 1-1 evening last night with our NHL picks as the Senators were able to come back from a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals to beat the Panthers by a 4-2 count, however the Canucks and Predators were unable to find enough offense to push the goal total OVER 5. It didn’t look good for the Sens early as Florida opened the scoring with a 5 on 3 powerplay goal and scored again on the powerplay less than 2 minutes later, however Ottawa was able to tie it by the end of the first period and scored single goals in the 2nd and 3rd to put the Panthers away. A scoreless first period hurt us in the Vancouver/Nashville game as 2 goals were scored in both the 2nd and 3rd periods, with three of those coming from the Canucks in a 3-1 Vancouver victory. Just three games on the NHL schedule tonight but I do have my eye on a pick for tonight’s action.
Montreal Canadiens @ New Jersey Devils
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We took the Devils as big road underdogs on Monday night against this same Montreal squad, and the Devils lost 3-2 in a game that they could have very easily have come out on top. In the back end of a home-and-home series against the Habs, I like the Devils once again to silence this Montreal offense. In Monday’s game between these two teams, the Habs had just five shots on goal in the 1st period, four shots on goal in the 2nd period, and finished with just 17 total shots on the night. This is a perfect example of how this Devils team can make things so difficult on the opposition to create offense.
There will be a change to the Devils lineup tonight as well as Cory Schneider will get the nod between the pipes, and Schneider has been fantastic this season. In 12 games played, Schneider boasts a goals against average of 1.72 and a save percentage of .927. Great goaltending and one of the best defensive systems in the NHL will certainly make it difficult on the Canadiens to sustain any consistent offense in tonight’s game. The Devils penalty kill has also been one of the best the NHL has to offer lately. Before Max Pacioretty scored a powerplay goal in Monday night’s game, the Devils hadn’t surrendered a powerplay goal in 17 straight opportunities. Also working in New Jersey’s favour is their discipline and ability to stay out of penalty trouble. The Habs have a good powerplay that clicks at 24.5% this season, however New Jersey averages less than 8 minutes in penalties per game and combined with great penalty killing, it’s no surprise this Devils team is tough to score on.
New Jersey is 17-7-1 in their last 25 games at home against the Canadiens, so I am taking the Devils to continue their home success against Montreal and exact some revenge from Monday’s loss in Montreal.