New Jersey Devils (24-13-8) at Boston Bruins (27-10-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under:
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The New Jersey Devils look to snap out of their losing funk as they take to the road to face off against one of the best in the East in the Boston Bruins.
The Devils went from bad to worse on Monday night as they had come in playing some of their worst hockey of the season and then they were shutout at home against the Detroit Red Wings which has sent them into a further spiral and now they have to regroup on the road against one of the best teams in the NHL. The Devils were one of the bigger surprises to start the season as they stormed out of the gates and looked like a playoff contender through the first month and a half but now they have hit a hard reality and are just trying to keep above water right now. New Jersey is 1-7 in their last eight road games and 2-7 in their last nine overall which doesn’t bode well for them here against a Bruins side that is 6-1 in their last seven at home and 17-4 in their last 21 against teams in the Eastern Conference. Corey Schneider is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Tuukka Rask who is having a special season in the Boston crease.
The Bruins meanwhile have been lighting up the NHL over the last couple of months and are looking like a very dangerous group heading into the second half of the NHL’s regular season schedule as they have won 21 of their last 28 games and pose a threat to the Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic division. The Bruins have absolutely dominated this series with New Jersey as they have won 11 of their last 12 with New Jersey and 20 of the last 26 which is staggering numbers considering the split between home and away matchups and with the Devils playing in a back to back here and the Bruins being one of the league’s very best groups on home ice this could get ugly in a hurry.
The Devils are 2-5 in their last seven against the East and 17-38 in their last 55 road games while the B’s are 4-0 in their last four Tuesday games and 6-1 in their last seven home games. The Devils are in trouble and even after a disappointing loss last night I think they get thumped here on the road against Boston.