Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Mar 27, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens are set to kick off a four-game road trip on Sunday night in New Jersey.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
March 27, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Prudential Center
New Jersey
27-46-4-5
Puckline +1.5 -170
Moneyline +149
Over / Under o +6.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Puckline -1.5 +142
Moneyline -179
Over / Under u +6.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

It could be a wild game on Sunday night as the two bottom teams in the Eastern Conference standing will go head-to-head, with Montreal and New Jersey both playing the second half of a back-to-back.  The Canadiens pulled out a 4-2 win over Toronto at home on Saturday night, while the Devils fell 4-3 in Washington.

New Jersey is a -166 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Canadiens vs. Devils NHL Betting Odds

This is the second of three meetings between the teams this season and if it’s anything like the first, you can expect some goals.  The Devils crushed Montreal 7-1 at the Bell Centre on Feb. 8, the fourth straight time these teams hit the Over.  The season series will conclude in New Jersey on April 7.

For whatever reason, the Canadiens just seem to struggle against New Jersey as they’ve dropped eight of their last nine games against the Devils.  Montreal is 32-33 against the spread for the season, including an even 16-16 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Over in nine of their last 12 games.

The Devils come into this game with losses in five of their last six games overall, although they have managed to pull out two points in five of their last six at home.  They’re 31-34 ATS overall, with covers in 15 of 32 home games.  The total has gone Over in five of New Jersey’s last six games.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal owns the dubious distinction of being the first team eliminated from playoff contention this year, but they still managed to frustrate Toronto fans once again on Saturday.  Jake Allen‘s 49-save performance, coupled with goals from Paul Byron, Cole Caufield, David Savard and Christian Dvorak helped the Habs slip by the Leafs for the fifth time in the last six games.  Since returning from a long-term lower-body injury, Allen has started five consecutive games and recorded two 40-save performances.  Montreal was outshot 51-18 on Saturday and only recorded three shots in each of the first and third periods.  Nick Suzuki, who leads the team with 18 goals and 49 points, picked up one assist.

There’s been no official word, but it should be Sam Montembeault in net on Sunday.  Montembeault, who has not played since being pulled on March 15, has a 7-13-5 record this season, with a 3.71 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.  Jonathan Drouin was placed on injured reserve on Friday after re-aggravating a wrist injury and could be done for the year.  Tyler Pitlick and Michael Pezzetta both suffered upper-body injuries on Saturday and have been ruled out of Montreal’s four-game road trip.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils managed to outshoot Washington in all three periods, 38-22 overall, on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second consecutive defeat.  Jack Hughes, Damon Severson and Jesper Bratt scored for New Jersey, while Nico Daws stopped 18 of 22 shots.  Hughes and Bratt are tied for the team lead in goals, with 22 apiece.  Bratt leads the team with 64 points, while Hughes is second with 52.  Hughes has been hot since Jan. 19, recording 32 points (13G, 19A) in 25 games.

Like Montreal, there’s been no official word on a starting goaltender for Sunday, but as it’s the second half of a back-to-back, Jon Gillies should be in line to start.  Gillies is 3-10-0 in 13 starts this season, posting a 3.80 GAA and .884 SV.

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