Boston Bruins (33-12-8) at New Jersey Devils (27-19-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils meet Sunday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 24 goals, Brad Marchand has 30 assists and David Pastrnak has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 72 goals on 961 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 41 goals on 545 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The New Jersey Devils need a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 20 goals, Will Butcher has 27 assists and Nico Hischier has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 96 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 52 goals on 485 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Bruins are 14-3 in their last 17 road games, 8-17 in their last 25 games playing on 0 days rest and 21-6 in their last 27 overall. The Devils are 1-8 in their last 9 Sunday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The Bruins are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New Jersey, 21-5 in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are not only playing far better hockey than the Devils, have owned the Devils for as long as I can remember, but they haven't lost back-to-back games since the middle of December. We're approaching two full months since the Bruins have lost two games in a row. Thrown in the Devils form, and you have to like the Boston Bruins on the road in this spot.