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Devils open as moneyline underdog vs Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks

New Jersey Devils
28-7-8 January 03, 2014, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 16-16-8

Prudential Center hosts an NHL battle between the New Jersey Devils and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

The Devils sport a record of 16-16-8 heading into this matchup, while the Blackhawks sit at 28-7-8 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-19-8 for the Devils and 24-19 for the Blackhawks.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Devils as 148 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

The Devils sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blackhawks sit at a No. 1 on the same chart.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Islanders on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +160 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

New Jersey won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Penguins on December 31. Bettors who backed the Devils at +115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Jersey's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 2.37 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.74 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 17.8% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 76.74% of their penalties.

A few Blackhawks at Devils trends to consider:
Chicago is 8-3-1 SU in its last 12 games
Chicago is 8-3-1 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Chicago is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games at home
New Jersey is 12-4-1 SU in its last 17 games when playing Chicago
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to San Jose, Sunday, January 5th
New Jersey at Buffalo, Saturday, January 4th