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NHL betting line favors Canadiens over Devils

Montreal Canadiens New Jersey Devils
16-9-3December 04, 2013, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center11-12-5


Peter Budaj gets the start for Montreal as the Habs visit New Jersey Wednesday in NHL betting action.

Regular starter Carey Price will get the night off in the Montreal net.

The Devils are 11-12-5 so far on the season. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are 16-9-3. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Jersey go 7-15-6 and the Canadiens go 7-18-3 on the totals.

View Montreal Canadiens vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

The Canadiens were listed as -157 favorites on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at BetOnline.

The Devils - Canadiens odds would favor the Devils if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New Jersey is rated No. 9 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Montreal is at No. 10.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 26-ranked offense (2.18 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.11 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 17.44% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Devils trends to consider:
Montreal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Montreal is 7-17-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 17-7-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Montreal
New Jersey is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal home to Boston, Thursday, December 5th
New Jersey home to Detroit, Friday, December 6th