Blackhawks Playing Out the String
The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks have nearly identical records and neither will be making a playoff push but it’s still important for them to finish strong. This game is a great chance for either to get a pair of points as the Devils try to build on a big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday and the Blackhawks try to snap a three-game skid.
Devils Have Gotten Some Reinforcements
The New Jersey Devils’ goalie situation is still pretty rough as both No. 1 Mackenzie Blackwood and No. 2 Jonathan Bernier are out due to injury. So, the goaltending burden has fallen to journeyman Jon Gillies — who likely will start — and rookie Nico Daws, who was nearly perfect against the Penguin but probably won’t be asked to start both ends of a back-to-back.
New Jersey smoked Pittsburgh 6-1 as big road underdogs on the NHL betting lines It was the perfect way for the Devils to play after a nine-day break and it was helped by the returns of Jesper Bratt, Dougie Hamilton, and Andreas Johnsson from injury. Bratt scored two goals and had an assist in his first game back while Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier each added three points of their own.
Jesper Bratt with the perfect placement. 👏 pic.twitter.com/WBYHsNoJj5
— NHL (@NHL) February 25, 2022
Even with a mostly healthy group of skaters, the Devils aren’t close to being a playoff team considering their struggles in net. But, they do have a lot of talent and are a better team than their record would indicate. Bratt, Hughes, and Hischier are three of the more intriguing under-24 forwards in the league.
Blackhawks Going Through Huge Offensive Slump
The past five weeks or so have been brutal for the Chicago Blackhawks, who are 3-8-3 in their last 14 games since a season-high four-game winning streak in mid-January. Scoring, or rather the lack of it, has been the predominant issue for Chicago which is averaging just 2.37 goals per game this season — third-lowest in the NHL. The Blackhawks have scored two goals or fewer in 8 of their last 14 games, which includes three shutouts.
Chicago only has four players with 10+ goals and only three players with 30+ points — Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Seth Jones. The Blackhawks just have no forward depth and, as a result, really struggle to generate scoring chances when Kane and DeBrincat aren’t on the ice. Marc-Andre Fleury has actually been pretty good, all things considered, but he can’t do it himself without any legitimate offensive support.
New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks Head-to-Head
These teams last faced off in mid-October in the Devils’ season (and home) opener. New Jersey won a 4-3 overtime thriller as a slight home favorite on a beautiful game-winning double-deke finish by Hughes. If tonight’s game is similar to that one in any way, it should be a lot of fun.
New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks Game Information
- Game: New Jersey Devils (18-28-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (18-26-8)
- Location: United Center
- Day/Time: Friday, February 25, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Television: NHL Network
New Jersey Devils at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Lines
New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction
There has been a lot of line movement on this game just on Friday morning on the BetUS sportsbook all of it in favor of the Devils. New Jersey was a plus-money underdog at the open and is now close to pick’em, even on the road.
The Devils are at a rest disadvantage having played yesterday and still are at a goalie disadvantage with Gillies up against Fleury. But, New Jersey, as mentioned before, is as healthy as it has been in a long time and could be energized after thrashing a division rival.
The value isn’t great, but the Devils are a decent pick on the moneyline if you’re betting online. The under is plus-money and could be the move as well with the Blackhawks’ scoring issues.