Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 23, 2024

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The Canadiens look to snap a four-game losing streak as they conclude a quick two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon at one of the better offensive teams in the league in the New Jersey Devils.

Montreal
30-36-8-8
AT
February 24, 2024, 2:00 PM ET
Prudential Center
New Jersey
38-39-3-2
Puckline +1.5 -120
Moneyline +200
Over / Under o +7
Puckline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -250
Over / Under u +7

New Jersey opened as a -215 favourite to win on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Devils NHL Betting Odds

Led by former No. 1 overall picks Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier, New Jersey has the offence to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender but not the goaltending between the likes of Vitek Vanecek, Akira Schmid and Nico Daws. None of those guys have a goals-against average below 3.00. You could see the Devils swing big for a netminder ahead of the deadline especially with Vanecek, the presumed No. 1, landing on injured reserve earlier this week.

President of hockey operations and general manager Tom Fitzgerald has already said he is not comfortable with the team’s goaltending. One name you hear? Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom. The Devils made one of the biggest moves of last year’s deadline, acquiring forward Timo Meier from the San Jose Sharks.

Saturday is the third and final meeting between the teams and they spilt the first two, each losing at home. Vanecek won his start and Daws allowed three goals in his loss. Hughes leads the club with four points, all assists, in the season series. Sam Montembeault won his lone start in net for the Habs, and Cayden Primeau lost his.

New Jersey is 6-4 in the past 10 meetings overall and the over-under is 6-4.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal lost its fourth game in a row Thursday, 4-1 in Pittsburgh. Mike Matheson’s eighth goal of the season gave the Habs the lead at 9:05 of the first, but they couldn’t solve Tristan Jarry again as he made 30 saves. Pittsburgh blocked 20 shots and had 14 takeaways. Blueliner Jayden Struble was injured in the third period and needed help to the locker room. The 22-year-old has three goals and four assists in 39 games. Centre Colin White, who was claimed off waivers from the Penguins just hours before puck drop, played between Tanner Pearson and Jesse Ylönen in his Canadiens debut. White was plus-1 in 11:11. Cayden Primeau allowed three goals on 26 shots, but it should be back to Sam Montembeault on Saturday. He allowed three goals in a loss to Buffalo on Wednesday and is 12-10-4 with a 3.21 GAA and .902 SV. Montreal is 1-5 in its past six on the road.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey was blown out for a second game in a row Thursday, 5-1 against the New York Rangers. Jack Hughes’ 18th goal of the season at 17:53 ruined the shutout for New York’s Igor Shesterkin. The Devils outshot the Rangers 40-18 but were 0-for-5 on the power play. New Jersey had a five-minute major power play early on but failed to score. The Rangers scored soon after it ended, and that set the tone. Since Dec. 5, the Devils’ power play has gone 10-for-96. Forward Nathan Bastian (5G, 7A) left the game injured. Nico Daws made 13 saves in the loss to fall to 6-8-0 with a 3.32 GAA and .895 SV. He is due a break having played six games in a row, but New Jersey doesn’t really have much better healthy options. It’s not out of the question that Isaac Poulter gets a shot Saturday. He was called up from AHL Utica on Wednesday where Poulter had a 2.70 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 24 games this season. The 22-year-old Winnipeg native has not played in an NHL game.

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