Canadiens vs Devils Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-123) Devils (+111)
Prudential Center is the site where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (18-24-9, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (24-23-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. The Canadiens open this game at -123 while the Devils are priced at +111. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 41.2% of the time, having gone 21-30 SU. New Jersey is covering 31.3% of the time, going 15-33 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens step onto the ice with a record of 24 victories and 23 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 164 goals which has them ranked at 7th in the East and 13th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -1, which puts them at 19th in the NHL. The Canadiens have compiled a total of 55 points, which has them ranked at 21st in the NHL and 11th in the East. When talking about shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,874 which has them ranked at 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Montreal has obtained a total of 1,367 hits which means they are averaging 25.3 per contest. They have compiled a total of 629 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,600 mins defending the goal for the season. Price is allowing 2.75 goals per game which has him sitting 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 25th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he's given up 119 goals. He's earned a save % of .911 which has him sitting 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 3 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their previous contest. The Canadiens offense showed they have some room for improvement in the defeat. For this matchup, they converted 3 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Montreal had a total of 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 70 and the Corsi against was 39 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 64.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 47 while the Fenwick against sat at 27, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 63.5%. They earned 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 61.6% and they had a PDO of 91.0 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Columbus Blue Jackets racked up a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Devils are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 18 wins and 24 losses. With regard to goal differential, they sit 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL with -46. They have compiled a total of 134 goals for the year which has them ranked at 15th in the conference. New Jersey has a save percentage as a team of .889 which currently has them ranked 30th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.3% putting them at 15th in the conference. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a bad year by allowing 3.00 goals per game and that has him ranked 21st among Eastern Conference goalies and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,078 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 104 goals. He holds a save percentage of .904, which puts him at 22nd among Eastern Conference goalies and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils played the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Devils ended up taking the loss by a tally of 3 - 2. For this matchup, New Jersey had a 43.8% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 42 and their opponent having a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick rate came in at 44.2% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Stars having a 43 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New Jersey played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 93.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.5%. The Devils netted 2 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Stars had 2 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. New Jersey allowed 31 shots on goal and the Stars had 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (-123)
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