The New Jersey Devils (19-13-2) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (20-7-6) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins
The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Bruins, the Devils have a 19-13-2 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 8-8-2, and they have 11-5-0 mark on the road. Their current record places them 5th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 8th in the Eastern conference. New Jersey heads into the game with eight wins by more than one goal, and lost 11 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 9-25.
In their last game, the Devils went up against the Senators and emerged as winners with a score of 6-2. In all three periods, the Devils’ offense found the net against the Senators. Of New Jersey’s six goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 30 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
New Jersey also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 7 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 8 goals.
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Bruins have an overall record of 20-7-6. On the road, Boston is 10-5-3 and 10-2-3 at home. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd. Boston’s average scoring difference this season sits at +.5, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 17-16. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.9, and on the road, it is +.3.
Facing the Sabres in their last game, the Bruins won by a score of 4-1. Scoring-wise, the Bruins put up two goals during the first period and two times in the second period. Of Boston’s four goals, three were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 25 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Boston secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Devils are scoring an 3.5 goals per game this season, ranking 7th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 16th in the league. New Jersey’s offense is currently ranked 5th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the league.
This season, the over/under record for the Devils’ is 21-12-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 22 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 7 goals per game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. So far this year, the Bruins are 9-0 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 15-18-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 11th in takeaways at 7.2 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 26th in the NHL.
Boston Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Bruins head into the game ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32 shots per game against Boston. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Devils vs Bruins Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, New Jersey has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home contests, the Bruins offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Boston posted an overall record of 2-3 while going 2-3 ATS.
- As the betting underdog, the Bruins have an puck line record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Devils have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 1-2.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Devils to take down the Bruins on the road. With the moneyline currently at +130, I’m placing my bet on the Devils straight-up.
Our projections have the Devils pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Devils, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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