Devils vs. Bruins - 1/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (20-14-4) at New Jersey Devils (20-16-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +104 / Boston Bruins -115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MSG+
The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils square off Friday night at the Prudential Center.
The Boston Bruins need a big victory after losing five of their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28.4 percent of their power plays. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 15 goals, Loui Eriksson has 20 assists and Brad Marchand has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 70 goals on 811 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 27 goals on 287 shots. Rask has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 17 goals, Michael Cammalleri has 21 assists and Adam Henrique has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 70 goals on 965 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 18 goals on 190 shots. Schneider has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 38-15 in their last 53 vs. Metropolitan. The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-33 in their last 49 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall.
The Bruins need a win to get out of their funk and playing the Devils should be just what the Dr. ordered considering they've won 16 of the last 21 meetings. I'll gladly take Boston and the cheap price here.