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The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. The New Jersey Devils look to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens look to snap a six-game losing streak.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesper Bratt leads New Jersey with 14 goals, Nico Hischier has 16 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 26 goals on 264 shots faced, and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 70 goals on 663 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Suzuki leads Montreal with 9 goals, Tyler Toffoli has 16 assists and Josh Anderson has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 72.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 70 goals on 707 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 61 goals on 559 shots.
The Devils are 7-24 in their last 31 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Canadiens are 1-7 in their last 8 home games and 11-41 in their last 52 overall. The over is 12-3 in Devils last 15 road games. The over is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 overall. The Devils are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils are the better team here, but they’re not showing it right now, and being on the end of a back to back doesn’t help. The Montreal Canadiens have the rest advantage and home ice on their side, which is why they’re the favorite. The Habs don’t have much else going for them, but these are two teams on the struggle bus. Give me the Canadiens and cheap price.