Free NHL Picks Today: New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks 12/6/22

Free NHL Picks Today: New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks 12/6/22
Tue 6th December 2022

The New Jersey Devils (20-4-1) welcome the Chicago Blackhawks (7-13-4) at Prudential Center on Tuesday. Chicago is coming off a 3-0 loss against the Islanders on Sunday. Arvid Soderblom had a terrific performance with 37 saves (.925%) in the loss.

New Jersey beat the Flyers 3-2 on Saturday. Fabian Zetterlund, Jack Hughes, and Dawson Mercer scored one apiece for the Devils. Miles Wood had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Akira Schmid was impressive in the win, making 31 saves (.939%).


The teams split their two meetings last season, the last of which was an 8-5 victory for the Blackhawks in February. Patrick Kane led Chicago with four points (3G 1A). Jonas Siegenthaler and Hughes each had three points (1G 2A) to lead New Jersey. Kevin Lankinen got the win despite allowing five goals on 36 shots (.861%).


Chicago is averaging just 2.54 goals per game for the season, 30th in the NHL. The visitors will face a difficult test against a Devils team that is allowing only 2.28 goals a game (2nd). Meanwhile, New Jersey has found the net 3.72 times a game on average, fourth in the league, and the Blackhawks are allowing opponents to score 3.58 goals per game (25th).

New Jersey averages more shots/game (35.3) than most teams in the league, ranking second. With an average of 25.8 attempts, Chicago ranks 31st.

The Blackhawks’ 25.00% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Devils are 25th with a conversion rate of 18.75%. In terms of defending power plays, New Jersey has the league’s sixth-ranked PK% at 81.48%, while Chicago is 23rd at 74.70%.


With 20 and 19 points this season, Kane and Max Domi have been the top skaters for the Blackhawks. In the net, Soderblom (2-5-2) is Chicago’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.23 GAA and a .904% save percentage.

Hughes and Jesper Bratt lead the Devils in scoring with 29 and 27 points, respectively. Hughes has 13 goals and 16 assists in 25 games, while Bratt has nine goals and 18 assists. Vitek Vanecek (11-2-1) has the best goals against average for New Jersey at 2.24, fourth-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .918%.


Chicago is 3-6-2 away from home this season. New Jersey is 9-3-1 at home this season.

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NJ Devils -2.5 (+115)

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