A pair of teams that both played last night, the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils take the ice at the Prudential Center for an Eastern Conference matchup. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, and you are able to catch the game live on MSG Plus 2.
Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils Odds
Boston is 33-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.9 units this year. 29 of its contests have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team in 2017-18, the Bruins are 15-9 SU.
Boston has converted on 21.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, it has the fourth-best penalty kill in the league, and the teams successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.
Boston, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five on the road. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .924 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (22-14-4) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this season. Rask played last night, however, so Boston might choose to rest him and turn to Anton Khudobin instead (11-8-4 record, .925 save percentage, 2.28 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both lead the way for the visiting Bruins. Marchand has 52 points via 21 goals and 31 assists, and has recorded multiple points 17 times. Pastrnak has 21 goals and 30 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 37 games).
Over on the other bench, New Jersey is 27-27 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 27 of its matches have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 15-12 SU at home this year.
New Jersey has converted on 20.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
New Jersey skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cory Schneider has stopped 28.9 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for New Jersey. Schneider has 18 wins, 17 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.79 goals against average and a .913 save percentage this year.
Taylor Hall (20 goals, 34 assists) will lead the attack for the Devils.
Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
- Boston is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 3-4 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
- New Jersey has allowed 3.1 goals per game overall this year, but has given up 4.7 goals per contest on its three-game losing streak.
- Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
- Boston skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (24.1 per game).