New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 10/24/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (-154) Canadiens (+125)
The Montreal Canadiens (2-1-1) will try to defeat the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) at Bell Centre on Tuesday. The line on this contest has New Jersey at -154 while Montreal is sitting at +125. The total is 7.
The New Jersey Devils were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5-4 victory over the Islanders their last time on the ice. The Devils had a good offensive outing and it showed in the win. In the outing, they netted 5 out of the 39 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to net 4 goals. New Jersey amassed 6 penalty minutes in this outing.
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With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have notched 15 goals (19th in the league) on the year and have allowed 14. For the current campaign, the have a total of 5 points and their points percentage is .625. New Jersey has accumulated 21 power play opportunities and they have scored 9 goals during those chances, earning them a rate of 42.86%. While at even strength, the Devils have allowed the opponent to score 9 goals while getting 6 on offense. New Jersey has attempted 136 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 11.0%. The Devils so far have had 130 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .892. New Jersey Devils opponents have tallied 17 power play opportunities (22nd in pro hockey) and have racked up 5 goals in those chances.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Vitek Vanecek. In his career, Vanecek has accrued 69 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .552. He has a save percentage of .909 for his 7,464 mins played. Vanecek has seen 3,546 shots against him and has accrued 3,222 saves. The opposition has racked up 324 goals against Vanecek in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.60. He has a record of 75-34-14 and he has started in 125 games. Vanecek has played in 133 games throughout his pro hockey career.
Their last time out, Montreal faced the Capitals in a game where the Canadiens notched a win by a final score of 3-2. They had 6 power play opportunities in this game and recorded 1 out of those tries. The Canadiens tallied 3 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried.
The Canadiens have earned 11 goals at even strength and 2 goals (22nd in professional hockey) while on the power play. Montreal has taken 116 shots (29th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.21%, while allowing the other team 140 shots. For the year, the Montreal Canadiens have 13 goals, 5 points, as well as a points percentage of .625. They have allowed 14 goals to be scored by way of 9 goals at even strength and 5 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have earned 17 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 11.76%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.17% on their oppositions 24 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 90.0%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Jake Allen in net. Allen is the owner of a career record of 184-150-39 and has participated in 397 contests. Allen's rate of quality starts comes out to 52.9% and he has made 199 quality starting assignments in his career. He has accounted for 10,024 stops out of the 11,031 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .909. Teams are averaging 2.71 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,007 goals overall. He has started in 376 contests and has played for a total of 22,333 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (-154)
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