Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (1-1-1) at Boston Bruins (2-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -136 / New Jersey Devils +123 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, NESN
The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins play an NHL matchup Thursday night at the TD Garden.
The New Jersey Devils look for their first road victory of the season after a 1-1-1 start. The Devils have had struggles on the offensive end with an average of 1.7 goals per game and a power play offense that’s scoring 16.7 percent of the time. The Devils have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring two or less goals. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with two goals, while P.A. Parenteau and Travis Zajac have combined for four points and 12 shots on goal. Defensively, Cory Schneider has allowed just six goals on 92 shots faced, giving the Devils a chance to win games. The New Jersey Devils need to find a boost offensively in order to survive in games like this one. Sergey Kalinin is questionable with an illness.
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The Boston Bruins are off to a 2-1 start to the season and will play their home opener here. The Bruins are relying on an offense that’s averaging 3.7 goals per game and is scoring on 10 percent of their power plays. The Bruins have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than two goals. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand have combined for six goals and seven assists while David Backes has three points and four shots on goal. Defensively, Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin have allowed a combined eight goals on 80 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have won three of their last four home openers. Adam McQuaid and Patrice Bergeron are questionable with injuries.
The Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 8-23 in their last 31 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Devils are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Boston and 4-17 in the last 21 meetings overall.
The Devils have had little to no success against the Boston Bruins for years, and now they have to go on the road with an offense that's been limited out of the gate. With the way the Bruins are finding the back of the net and the history between these two clubs, you have to like Boston and the cheap price.