Boston Bruins (53-18-9) at New Jersey Devils (34-29-18)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 13, 2014, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
NESN, MSG, NBC
The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will play Sunday afternoon to finish up the regular season. The series is currently split at one game apiece.
The Bruins have lost four of their last six games as they prepare for a strong playoff run as one of the favorites to win it all. Patrice Bergeron has led the way the last few games, as he has three goals, three assists and six points in his last five games. Goalie Tuukka Rask has allowed two or less goals in eight of his last 11 starts, and the Bruins have lost three straight games when allowing three or more goals. The Boston Bruins are 23-11-3-3 on the road this season.
The Devils have lost four of their last six games, including back-to-back heartbreaking losses that have ended in shootouts. Despite the ugly record, the Devils have been pretty good defensively, allowing two or less goals in five of their last eight games. The problem is the Devils can’t score and it’s been the main issue all season. The Devils have only two power play goals in their last 11 games and have scored more than two goals total in three of those 11 contests. The New Jersey Devils are 20-11-3-6 at home this season.
The Bruins are 12-2 in their last 14 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey and 12-2 in the last 14 meetings overall.
Although the Bruins may be resting a lot of key starters in this game, you're still getting one of the best teams in hockey at the cheapest possible price. Take advantage of it while you still can.