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Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (25-26-12) at Boston Bruins (33-25-6)
Date & Time Saturday March 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins -285 / New Jersey Devils +252 --- Over/Under: 5
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TD Garden and the Boston Bruins welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for Saturday night NHL hockey. 

The New Jersey Devils don’t talk about their playoff hopes but that is probably just a hope anyway with reality beginning to set in on many clubs which is why players are being traded. The Devils have made a few deals and have been playing in some tight contests but have been coming up short. That trend continued in a 1-0 defeat at the Verizon Center and the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Corey Schneider played well for the Devils but his 23 saves was not enough with the offense logging just 15 shots. Washington received their lone goal from rookie Jakub Vrana with the man advantage in the third while Braden Holtby brushed aside 15 shots to lift the Caps to their 14th straight win at home. 

The Boston Bruins have been hot and scoring goals  but the New York Rangers has played well in this match up so something had to give Thursday night. It was the Rangers who continued their strong play versus the Bruins with a 2-1 victory that gave the NYR a three game sweep of the season series along with five consecutive victories against Boston. The lone Boston goal came off the stick of Brad Marchand with Tuukka Rask absorbing the loss on a 19 save performance. The Rangers offense came from Oscar Lindberg and Pavel Buchnevich while Henrik Lundqvist recorded 32 stops in the win while holding the high scoring Bruins offense in check for their league leading 22nd road win. 

The over is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 Saturday games and the Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the  Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 7-0 in Bruins last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the Bruins are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The under is 5-0-2 in the last 7 meetings and the Devils are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in Boston while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The home team and the under have been the choices in this match up but nobody has been confirmed in the nets…

Boston -1 // will update

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