Squaring off for the third and final time this season, the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils face off at the Prudential Center. This Eastern Conference matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21, and it can be viewed live on New England Sports Network.
Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils Odds
Boston (-265) is tabbed as the favorite over New Jersey (+225), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 over, +105 under).
Boston is 44-29 straight up (SU) and has netted 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 73 regular season matches, 41 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Bruins team is 16-19 SU on the road.
Boston has converted on 26.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, Boston has been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its past five outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 25.0 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (25-16-5) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Boston could roll with Jaroslav Halak (19-17-4), who has a .925 save percentage and 2.29 goals against average this year.
Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Bruins. Marchand (87 points) has tallied 31 goals and 56 assists, and has recorded two or more points 26 times. Bergeron has 28 goals and 40 assists to his creditand has registered at least one point in 37 games.
Over on the other bench, New Jersey is 27-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 37 of its matches have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 17-19 SU as the home team this year.
New Jersey has converted on 17.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
New Jersey players have been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game this season, 3.4 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Keith Kinkaid (25.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Kinkaid has 16 wins, 25 losses, and six OT losses and has maintained a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and a poor .891 save percentage this year.
Kyle Palmieri (27 goals, 23 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Devils.
Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over
- Two of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this year.
- The under has hit in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
- Seven of New Jersey’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 1-6 overall in those games.
- Boston skaters have accounted for the 11th-most hits in the league (23.3 per game), but the team’s recorded just 20.6 hits over their last five away games.