NHL Picks: Canadians vs. Devils

David Lawrence

Sunday, January 27, 2013 3:56 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 3:56 PM GMT

The Montreal Canadians and New Jersey Devils typically play low-scoring games that result in unders but the NHL odds makers have prepared for it. Which team's Zamboni are we riding for our free picks?

NHL Betting – Devils vs. Canadians NHL Picks

They’ve set the total at five for this game while shading the juice to the under as well. Let’s have a look if there’s any value in betting these hockey odds – or anything else – with this contest. 

Record: 18-17 (+108)

The New Jersey Devils can win because…

The Canadians are without two of their best players. The Canadians were already playing without their top defenseman P.K. Subban, who remains an unsigned restricted free agent, they also found out on Saturday that they’ll have to live without top scorer Max Pacioretty for the next three-to-four-weeks after an emergency appendectomy. Pacioretty led all Canadians forwards with four points and led the team with 65 points last season.

The Devils have played very well in Montreal as they’ve won eight straight there. They’ve outscored the Habs 26-10 in those eight contests while goaltender Martin Brodeur, who is from Montreal, has compiled a 1.25 GAA during his personal seven-game winning streak in Montreal.

This has simply been a one-sided series and since the parameters haven’t really changed, there’s no reason to change the betting pattern.

The Montreal Canadians can win because…

They have some momentum coming into this game. The Habs have not only won two straight, they’ve scored eight goals in the process and looked particularly strong. They are getting balanced production on offense, which is why they haven’t really missed Subban too much to this point. On top of that, their defense has done well too as they’ve allowed just four goals in three games this season.

New Jersey has won their first three games of the season but it’s easy to be skeptical. They’ve topped the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. It’s not as if any of those teams are playing particularly well right now. As a matter of fact, none of those teams are above .500 and it speaks volumes to the fact that the Isles have the best record of the three teams.

The price on Montreal isn’t crazy here. If you’re looking for a reason to bet them, you can take solace in the fact that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to bet them at home. They’ve played well this week and should have a reasonable chance to earn the win.

[gameodds]7/218162/43/us[/gameodds]

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:

The side on this game seems likes a coin flip in my eyes. I could really see either team coming out on top and I wouldn’t be really surprised. However, the real value lies with the under.

Brodeur plays very well against the Habs and as mentioned above, the Habs have only scored 10 goals in their last eight home meetings with New Jersey. On top of that, the Devils defense has been airtight so far this season as they’ve given up just three goals in three games. The Habs have been nearly as good as they’ve given up just four goals in three games.

21 of the last 30 meetings in Montreal have gone under, so stick with the trend for your NHL Picks here.

NHL Picks: Under 5 at BetOnline

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