The weekend is over and we didn’t have much to show for it with our NHL picks. It’s a rare slip-up for us on the ice in February, but we are still trending upwards in the NHL. Last season was a dumpster fire for me, so it’s nice to be turning a profit with our picks in the NHL.
We enter Monday with a record of 16-9 this month. There are only a trio of games tonight on the schedule, but I think we can find a winning pick to get the week started out the right way. Our attention turns to New Jersey, where the Canadiens are coming off an overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Yes, yet another win for the Canadiens over the Maple Leafs. It’s their fourteenth in a row, as they completed the season sweep against the Leafs. The Minnesota Wild have done a number on the Blackhawks in the regular season, but the Hawks like to return the favor in the playoffs. Perhaps the Maple Leafs can look at that to find some solace in? It’d seem like the Leafs are due for a few wins over the Canadiens. Maybe they meet in the playoffs and flip the script. That could just be wishful thinking talking, though.
The Canadiens will meet the predictable Devils in New Jersey tonight. Predictable in the sense that you can pretty well pinpoint what they’re going to do in the regular season. Without looking, you can probably guess that they are somewhere around .500. If you guessed .500, you are exactly right. The Devils enter Monday night with a record of 25-25-9 as they continue their yearly mediocracy in the NHL.
Taking the Devils blindly would be a good way to break even over the course of a season. They’ve gone 4-4-2 in their last ten games to stay the course. The Habs will look to build off their win over the Leafs in East Rutherford tonight. Let’s get straight to our Canadiens vs. Devils pick underneath.
Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils Pick
Despite the win over the Leafs on Saturday night, which has become rather familiar, the Canadiens haven’t been playing the best of hockey lately. Note that they’ve won just three games in their last ten efforts. In any case, the Canadiens are still 1st in the Atlantic and have everything in front of them.
Carey Price must catch fire when it comes playoff time. If the Habs aren’t going to get better at the trade deadline, it’s going to be the only way they make a deep run. Price looked fantastic against the Leafs, frustrating them more than on one occasion. He’s allowed 2 goals each in his last four games. I think we see Price get hot here really soon.
He should be able to hold the Devils’ offence at bay. They’ve averaged 2.50 goals in their last ten games, while allowing 2.90 goals per game defensively. The Devils gave up 12 goals total in their last three games, so the defence has been off recently. Overall, they’re 20th in the league on defence. I am looking for the Canadiens to find some confidence from the Leafs win and carry it over to East Rutherford. Our Monday night pick in the NHL features the Canadiens to defeat the Devils.
PICK: CANADIENS TO WIN +105