Matchup: Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils
Date/Time: April 10th, 7:30 PM ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Boston -136
The Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils are potential playoff foes in the Eastern Conference. They’re going to meet in what should be a crucial clash at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night in NHL betting action.
The Bruins are going to be amongst the next set of teams to clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pittsburgh Penguins were the first, and Boston and the Montreal Canadiens aren’t all that far behind. Both teams still have a chance of running down the Pens for the best record in the East, and both actually have fewer regulation losses than does Pittsburgh. The problem that Boston has is that it just hasn’t seemed to be consistent on offense this season. Yes, the team is averaging a relatively healthy 32.1 shots and 2.7 goals per game, but there are too many games like Monday’s 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes that are skewing the data. In the previous five games before the thrashing of Carolina, Boston scored just a total of eight goals. Good thing that G Tuukka Rask is proving that he is one of the best in the league this season, posting 17 wins with a 1.95 GAA.
The Devils, on the other hand, are in a lot of trouble and are running out of time to do anything about it. They have just 40 points in 39 games, and they have just nine left to make up two points on the New York Islanders and New York Rangers for the last two playoff spots in the conference. New Jersey has a stunning 10 overtime defeats on the season, and all of those lost points are really coming back to hurt the team now. The most recent losing streak for the team has reached seven games, and not surprisingly, four of those losses have come in overtime. Of the rest of the losses, two have come by one-goal margins and one came in a game with a late third period goal by the aforementioned Isles which took a 2-1 game and made it 3-1. Again, the offense is the problem. The Devils have just four goals scored in their last four games, and they haven’t scored more than three in a game since March 29th. This absolutely has to improve if the team is going to get into the playoffs.
Though we know that Boston has played well, we think that the Devils are the side to back in this one on the puck line. The team has beaten the puck line in six of its last nine games, and there is no reason not to think that this won’t be the case again. This could be New Jersey’s lucky day for the SU victory as well when push comes to shove.
Boston Bruins @ New Jersey Devils Pick: New Jersey Devils +1.5
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