NHL Picks Blackhawks vs. Devils +135

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 3, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

The Devils host the Blackhawks on Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with a scheduled start time of 7:05 PM ET. Let's take a look at the NHL odds and find our picks for this match-up.

Chicago Blackhawks @ New Jersey Devils

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -155 money line road favorite and the total is 5.5. New Jersey has gone 8-1 in their last 9 home games versus Chicago. These teams have seen their last 4 meetings at New Jersey all go under the total.

Seeing the Light in Jersey

After starting the season by losing 7 in a row, and 9 of their first 10-games, the Devils are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They’ve won their last 2, and have accumulated at least 1-point in 7 of their last 8-games overall. In addition the Devils have also earned at least 1-point in their last 5 home games, and have done so in 13 of 18 at the Prudential Center on the season. New Jersey has climbed up to 4th in the Metropolitan Division, and 9th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Hawks Just Keep On Keeping On

At the time of this writing Chicago was yet to complete a road game versus the Islanders on Thursday evening. However, they entered that game first in the Central Division, and tied with Anaheim for 1st overall in the Western Conference. They lead the entire NHL averaging 3.7 goals per game, and are 3rd on the power play converting on a stellar 24.3% of their chances. This will be the 2nd of a 3-game in 4-day stretch for the Hawks. Following tonight’s game they will host the San Jose Sharks this coming Sunday.

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NHL Betting System

Any money line home underdog of between +100 to +150 that comes off a home 1-goal win, and is playing with same season revenge stemming from a road loss, has gone 26-14 (65%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. We'll add the Devil's to our NHL picks seeing as they fall into categories.

Free Pick: New Jersey +135 over Chicago

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