The Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils meet Monday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 25 goals, Jonathan Toews has 23 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 69 goals on 624 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 20 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Nico Hischier has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 29 goals on 196 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 95 goals on 945 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Blackhawks are 17-35 in their last 52 road games, 5-16 in their last 21 Monday games and 25-54 in their last 79 overall. The Devils are 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win, 18-38 in their last 56 Monday games and 13-27 in their last 40 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in New Jersey. The under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 overall. The over is 17-6-3 in Blackhawks last 26 overall.

Both of these teams have been burning money all season long, so I’m not going to make a habit of backing either of these sides. As for this game, I’m going to lean in the direction of the New Jersey Devils because of home ice advantage. The Chicago Blackhawks have not only been horrible over the course of the season, but they’ve played some of their worst hockey on the road where they’ve won just four times since the end of November. The New Jersey Devils have won three of their last four at home where they’ve outscored teams by 13-6 in those games. I’ll take the Devils and the fair price. 

Pick:

New Jersey Devils -149

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