The New Jersey Devils Travel to Boston to Battle With the Bruins?
The New Jersey Devils will travel to the TD Garden on Thursday evening to take on the Boston Bruins in an Eastern Conference game. This will be the third and final matchup between these two teams, as the Bruins have won the first two, including a 5-3 home victory back on January 4.
New Jersey is currently last in the Metropolitan Division (23-37-5, 51 points), while the Bruins are attempting to avoid being a Wild Card team as they are third in the Atlantic Division (41-19-5, 87 points) at this point.
The Bruins have been playing to get a home playoff series, and it will be tough as they need to win against lesser teams in the standings. Let’s take a closer look into New Jersey and Boston to determine which side we should be taking.
Game Prediction: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
New Jersey has scored the puck well as they are scoring 3.05 goals on 32 shot attempts so far. Left winger Jesper Bratt has been doing well as he is tied for 26th in hockey with assists and tied for 29th in the league with points as he has posted 64 points (22 goals, 42 assists) while scoring eight points in his last five games.
Defensively, the Devils are allowing 3.59 goals on 31.1 shots this season. Jon Gillies has been the starting goalie for them since Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on Injured Reserve, and things have been tough as he is 3-10-1 with 3.74 goals allowed per game and an .887 save percentage.
Right winger David Pastrnak has been leading the way for the Bruins this season as he is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals and tied for 22nd in the league in points as he has recorded 66 points (37 goals, 29 assists) while adding five points in his previous two games. As a team, they are averaging 3.05 goals on 35.8 shot attempts per game.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark has been struggling for Boston in the net this season despite a 20-9-2 record as he has a .908 save percentage and 2.73 goals allowed per game. On the defensive side, their team is giving up 2.65 goals on 28.9 shot attempts thus far.
New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins Betting Prediction
The Boston Bruins have covered the spread in both games this season against the New Jersey Devils, outscoring them 10-5 in those two games. The Devils are not very good on the power play as they have scored on just 17.9 percent of them, while the Bruins have scored on 28.9 percent of all power plays this season.
They also have been way more aggressive at getting shots on net, which means more chances to score the puck. All the numbers and logic would point to betting the Boston Bruins to cover the puck line in this battle.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.