Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21

Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21 Photo by Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (5-3-2) at Boston Bruins (10-2-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Bruins -263 / New Jersey Devils +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The New Jersey Devils look for a win after splitting their first 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 11.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with five goals, Ty Smith has six assists and P.K. Subban has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 67.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed eight goals on 154 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 14 goals on 141 shots.

The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with nine goals, Patrice Bergeron has 11 assists and Nick Ritchie has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 88 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 23 goals on 244 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed seven goals on 112 shots.

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The Devils are 20-47 in their last 67 Thursday games. The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Devils last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 Thursday games. The Devils are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Boston and 8-27 in the last 35 meetings.

The New Jersey Devils have a win over the Bruins and both meetings this year have gone into overtime, so you can make a case for the plus money. However, the Devils have had a hard time finding consistency and their inconsistent schedule hasn't helped much. The Boston Bruins are one of the hotter teams in the league and defensively give up nothing easy. This should be a routine victory for the Bruins at home, and I'll take the PL to shave down the ML price.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Bruins -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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