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Are the Blackhawks and Devils Destined for Overtime?

The two teams who have most often needed more than 60 minutes to solve their games this year will face off tonight as the New Jersey Devils travel to the Windy City to take on the Blackhawks. Chicago is coming off a shootout win against the Panthers and will be large betting favorites against a Devils team that has dropped six of its last seven games.

SHARK BITES
  • The favored team is 12-4 in its last 16 games in this matchup.
  • Almost half of Devils’ games this season have gone past regulation time.
  • Mike Cammalleri has 8 points in his last 4 games.

This matchup marks the final one between these teams this season – assuming they don’t meet in the Stanley Cup final. Their first game – topically enough – needed OT to be settled and was won by the ’Hawks.

Both teams have been struggling to score of late but Chicago has potted just seven goals in its last seven games and has had all those games go UNDER or push. The Devils haven’t been quite as impotent but they have not been lighting it up by any means.

Given the teams’ goal scoring trends, a Devils underdog puckline bet seems like a solid one. New Jersey has the best puckline record in the NHL and although you’re going to be losing some value, this bet is a virtual lock.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -165 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.3-2.2 result in favor of the Blackhawks today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the New Jersey Devils have seen them go 10-7-5 so far this season, while the Blackhawks are at 15-6-3. In totals betting, the Chicago Blackhawks are 7-11-6, while the Devils are 7-8-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs New Jersey injuries news.

The Chicago Blackhawks sit at No. 10 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the New Jersey Devils sit at a No. 20 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Chicago Blackhawks No. 10-ranked offense (2.83 goals per game) against a New Jersey Devils defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 17.28% rate while the Devils have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New Jersey lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Jets on November 29. Bettors who backed the Jets at -132 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

The Blackhawks were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • New Jersey is 17-6 ATS in its last 23 games
  • New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New Jersey is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games
  • Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chicago is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
  • Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Jersey at Nashville, Saturday, December 3rd
Chicago at Philadelphia, Saturday, December 3rd

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