After a surprising but exciting victory for the Montreal Canadiens last night, they’ll head to New Jersey to do battle with the Devils on Sunday evening. And though both teams are most certainly eliminated from playoff contention, recent results indicate both groups are keen on playing spoiler, and finishing the year on a high note.
Last night, Montreal was soundly outplayed by Toronto but they still found a way to escape with the victory. Jake Allen was superb in goal, and though he won’t go on back-to-back nights, look for Samuel Montembault to carry over some of that momentum. The big, French netminder has fared much better of late, and in front of an exuberant group, the Habs’ energy is something to watch down the stretch.
The Devils too are playing a bit better, but it has yet to translate in terms of wins on the gamesheet. While their shot metrics and chances generated are up since this team’s return to health, New Jersey continues to battle with inconsistencies in goal and within their defensive style and structure. This group should be a team to watch for next season, but their defensive play must improve if that’s going to be the case.
Just because both of these clubs are floundering near the bottom of the NHL’s standings, it doesn’t mean there aren’t good betting opportunities to explore. Tonight’s matchup between New Jersey and Montreal is no different. For the latest info and betting analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our pick and betting preview for this Eastern Conference showdown. Enjoy!
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New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Goals Per Game||2.5||3.0|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.7||3.7|
|Shots On Goal Per Game||29.0||32.6|
New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction:
Despite the fact that the Devils are without some key pieces to their lineup, including star centre Pavel Zacha – this is still a team on the rise, and one that is seemingly improving game-after-game. While results haven’t been kind to this club, their shooting metrics and possession-based numbers have skyrocketed since getting healthy. Much of that can be attributed to young American sniper Jack Hughes, who has finally taken that next step. New Jersey’s top-centre is dominating opposing defenses nightly, and against a Montreal team that has recently shipped out Brett Kulak and Ben Chiarot from their blue-line, look for Hughes to put on a show.
When these teams last met, New Jersey won 7-1 in Montreal, and though Sunday’s game shouldn’t get this lopsided, there’s reason to believe the Devils get back into the win column against the Habs. Last night, Montreal was dominated against their main rivals from Toronto, getting outchanced and outshot 51-19. Still, the Habs escaped with an emotional victory, spoiling the fun of visiting Leafs’ fans.
That said, it’ll be a tough spot to turn around with travel, and get up for a relatively meaningless spot against a feisty New Jersey squad. The Devils sit top-10 in expected goals at 5v5 over the last month, whereas Montreal continues to flounder. Montreal’s defense remains slow-footed and untested, and should really struggle with the speed and skill of New Jersey’s heralded top-six forward corps.
While Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki have played quite well together since Dominique Ducharme was fired and Martin St-Louis took over, their skill should be nullified by the Devils’ Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton is one of the best defenseman in the NHL, and his blend of smooth skating and a good first-pass should help New Jersey counteract against Montreal’s top talents.
Perfect placement from @colecaufield on this one. 🎯
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Devils vs. Canadiens Trends To Know:
- Canadiens are 5-21 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Canadiens are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. Metropolitan.
- Canadiens are 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
- Devils are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Devils are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Though the trends don’t really favour either side, look for the Devils’ recent play to finally be rewarded with a key victory on Sunday night. Nico Daws has been steady in goal for New Jersey of late, and the skill of the Devils should overwhelm Montreal’s unproven defense corps. At a reasonable favourite price, side with New Jersey to get the job done.