Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils Prediction, Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 15, 2021

Youth will be served Friday night as the New Jersey Devils host the Chicago Blackhawks in their 2021-22 regular season opener.

Chicago
8-12-2
AT
October 15, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Prudential Center
New Jersey
9-8-1-3
Puckline +1.5 -205
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +6

67%

Betting Action

33%

Puckline -1.5 +170
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +6

67%

Betting Action

33%

The Blackhawks and Devils both rank top-5 in the league in lowest average age, but it’s the Devils’ young stars that will be under the microscope in this one. Former No. 1 picks Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes face sky-high expectations after posting underwhelming starts to their respective NHL careers.

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The Devils come in as slight favourites as they look to bounce back from a rough showing in the shortened 2020-21 campaign, finishing seventh in the eight-team East Division. New Jersey has not fared well at all against Central Division opponents in recent years, going just 2-9 SU (though those matchups all took place prior to last season). Chicago also has some less-than-inspiring trends on its side, including a 5-11 record in its last 16 trips to New Jersey.

Nearly three-quarters of Sports Interaction bettors are siding with the Blackhawks in this one, while 63 percent are leaning toward the U6 at +104 (with the O6 installed at -125). It’s an interesting development when you consider that both teams posted superior Over marks last season, with the Blackhawks at 30-24-2 O/U and the Devils at 28-26-2. If you’re feeling brave, the U5.5 is set at +121 but doesn’t offer the safety of a push at 6.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Marc-Andre Fleury era in Chicago got off to a bumpy start, with the future Hall of Fame netminder allowing four goals on 36 shots in a season-opening 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Expectations are through the roof for Fleury, who considered retirement after he was traded to Chicago by the Vegas Golden Knights in the offseason. Expect a nice bounce-back Friday; Fleury was 13-6-0 with a 1.96 GAA and four shutouts on the road last season.

New Jersey Devils

The time is now for Hischier, Hughes and the rest of New Jersey’s young forward prospects to elevate an offence that produced the sixth-fewest goals in the league last season. Hischier, taken first overall in 2017, has yet to duplicate his 20-goal rookie campaign and had just 11 points in 21 games last season. Hughes, the top pick in 2019, made progress with 31 points in 56 games but has tallied just 18 times in 117 career NHL contests.

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