Boston Bruins (20-15-4) at New Jersey Devils (14-16-7)
|Date & Time||Monday January 2, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +122 / Boston Bruins -135 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New Jersey Devils look to get back to their early season form at home as they welcome the Boston Bruins to town on Monday night.
The Bruins look to snap out of their current funk against the Metro division as they have dropped five games in a row against that cluster of teams and a show down with the Devils on Monday can extend that stretch of futility to six if they fail to show up. Boston has been very strong when playing on Monday’s as they are currently on a 37-14 stretch to kick off the week but they have been a little bit sluggish after a victory as they have dropped four of their last five games after a win but they take on a Devils side here that has been struggling at home of late after getting off to a red hot start. Boston is a very deep team and has a ton of offensive weapons and against a Devils side that has a very strong goaltender but not a ton else they know if they can hang a few on Corey Schneider they will be in a good position to get a victory.
The Devils made a move in the offseason to acquire Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers as they desperately needed an overhaul to their forward group, but the former first overall draft pick is finding the transition a bit difficult when it comes to scoring goals as his new team’s offense isn’t conducive to padding the stat sheet. New Jersey has dropped four of their last five games at home and are 2-9 in their last 11 games after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous outing and with a Bruins side coming to town who figures to be among the best records in the Eastern Conference this season I think they could be in for another tough outing on home tonight.
The Bruins are 2-5 in their last seven when their opponent allows five or more in their previous outing and 2-6 in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record while the Devils are 1-5 in their last six when their opponent allows two or less in their previous game and 5-17 in their last 22 overall. New Jersey is struggling mightily and the Bruins are the better team so they are the only play here as they should have no issues securing the points.