New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens: NHL Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Dec 13, 2017

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Just when you thought the Montreal Canadiens were going to make a run up the Eastern Conference standings, they're riding another losing streak with a hot Devils team coming to town.

New Jersey
44-29-5-4
AT
December 14, 2017, 7:30 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
29-40-7-6
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +5.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -180
Over / Under u +5.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

Here we go again. After temporarily righting the ship, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in yet another losing skid as they look to halt a three-game winless stretch Thursday night against the visiting New Jersey devils. The Canadiens reeled off a five-game winning streak to coincide with the return of injured netminder Carey Price, but have since dropped three in a row – and Price wasn’t around for the end of the latest defeat, a 6-2 rout at the hands of Edmonton.

Devils vs. Canadiens Betting Analysis

Montreal comes into Thursday’s game as one of the worst puckline teams in the NHL to date, going 9-22 against the line – including a 4-14 mark at the Bell Centre. But as they wrap up a five-game homestand, the Canadiens have still won five consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents and are 4-1 in their last five following a loss of three or more goals. The Devils, meanwhile, have dropped five of their last six games following a victory.

On the totals side, there is little clarity with regard to prevailing trends. New Jersey has exceeded the total 14 times in the past 21 games following a win, but is 1-4 O/U in its previous five games against opponents with losing records. The Canadiens are equally as unsettled, having gone 1-5-1 O/U in their last seven games against teams above .500 but exceeding the total in four of their previous five contests overall.

New Jersey Devils

After playing six consecutive one-goal games – going 4-1-1 over that stretch – the Devils have seen their last five contests decided by multiple goals. That includes a 5-1 victory last time out, as Taylor Hall scored twice to pace the victors. The Devils come into the game with one of the top special teams combinations in the league – they rank ninth overall in power-play conversion rate (20.4 percent) and ninth in penalty-killing efficiency (82.7 percent).

Montreal Canadiens

Is Price fatigued? That’s something fans and bettors alike might be wondering as the former Hart Trophy winner has made eight consecutive starts since returning from an upper-body injury that knocked him out of action for more than three weeks. A surging offence that produced 24 goals during that five-game winning streak is also looking to get untracked, as Montreal has been outscored 13-7 during its most recent losing skid.

Devils vs. Canadiens Prediction

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