New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks & Predictions 11/28/2019
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+133) Canadiens (-153)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (8-11-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) go to Bell Centre on Thursday where they'll take on the Montreal Canadiens (11-8-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division). The Canadiens open this matchup at -153 while the Devils are coming in at +133. The O/U has been set at 6. The Devils are covering 31.8% of the time, having gone 7-15 SU. Montreal is covering 40.9% of the time, going 9-13 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game with a record of 8 wins and 11 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 58 goals which puts them at 16th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the league. Their goal differential is -21, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Devils have compiled a total of 20 points, which puts them at 29th in the league and 15th in the conference. In the matter of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 687 which puts them at 13th in the conference and 28th in the league. As a team, New Jersey currently has a total of 325 hits which has them averaging 14.1 per contest. They have compiled a total of 216 blocks for this year. Protecting the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 918 mins minding the goal for the campaign. Blackwood is surrendering 3.07 GAA which places him at 17th in the Eastern Conference and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 47 goals. He has a save percentage of .898 which places him at 21st in the Eastern Conference.
The New Jersey Devils were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 loss against the Minnesota Wild the last time they stepped on the ice. The Devils didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 34 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those attempts. New Jersey racked up 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Devils was 34 and the Corsi against was 38 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 47.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 25 and the Fenwick against was 29, telling us they have a rate of 46.3%. They earned 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 28 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 48.1% and they had a PDO of 95.7 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Minnesota Wild racked up 29 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play opportunities.
The Canadiens will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 11 victories and 8 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are currently ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the NHL with -3. They currently have a total of 79 goals for the season which ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a save percentage as a team of .893 which has them 25th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.6% ranking them 9th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 3.09 goals per contest and that ranks him 18th in the Eastern Conference and 37th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,164 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 60 goals. He has a save percentage of .900, which has him ranked 19th in the Eastern Conference and 36th among goalies in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens played the Boston Bruins in a matchup where the Canadiens took the defeat by a tally of 8 - 1. For this outing, Montreal wound up with a 58.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 56 while their opponent had a Corsi of 39. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 61.4% by earning a Fenwick of 43 and the Bruins earning a 27 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Montreal had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 70.1 and they had an oZS percentage of 48.5%. The Canadiens converted 1 goal of the 37 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Bruins had 2 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 2 goals. Montreal gave way to 24 shots on goal and the Bruins ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+133)
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