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The Montreal Canadiens will visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Both teams are struggling this season and are out of playoff contention. The Canadiens have a record of 19-27-8, while the Devils are 19-26-8.

Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils: Odds, picks, and predictions

Odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Odds last updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

Money line: Canadiens -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Devils -115 (bet $115 to win $100)

Against the spread/ATS: Canadiens +1.5 (-275) | Devils -1.5 (+220)

Over/Under: 6 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Canadiens at Devils: Projected starting goalies

Jake Allen (8-10-4, 3.13 GAA, .901 SV%) vs. Nico Daws (0-2-0, 2.76 GAA, .919 SV%)

Allen is expected to get the start for Montreal after a solid outing against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, stopping 39 of 42 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. He has a record of 8-10-4 with a 3.13 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage this season.

The Devils will likely turn to rookie Nico Daws for his third career start. Daws has a record of 0-2-0 with a 2.76 GAA and a .919 SV% in his two starts this season.

Canadiens at Devils: Odds, picks, and predictions

Prediction

Devils 4, Canadiens 2

Money line (ML)

The Devils have been a better team at home this season, going 11-9-4 at the Prudential Center. The Canadiens have struggled on the road, winning just 7 of their 27 away games this season.

The Devils have also won 3 of their last 5 games, while the Canadiens have lost 4 of their last 5. The Devils have the edge in this matchup and should be able to come away with the win.

Take the DEVILS (-115) to win this game outright.

Against the spread (ATS)

The Devils are favored by 1.5 goals in this game, which means they need to win by at least 2 goals for the bet to pay off. While the Devils have a good chance of winning this game, the Canadiens have been competitive in most of their games this season.

Take the CANADIENS +1.5 (-275) to cover the spread in this game.

Over/Under (O/U)

The total for this game is set at 6 goals, which is relatively high considering both teams have struggled to score this season. The Canadiens are averaging just 2.44 goals per game, while the Devils are averaging 2.58 goals per game.

Take the UNDER 6 (-105) in this game as both teams are likely to struggle to score.

The Montreal Canadiens will visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Both teams are struggling this season and are out of playoff contention. The Canadiens have a record of 19-27-8, while the Devils are 19-26-8.

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