At home Sunday at the Prudential Center, New Jersey beat Montreal 3-2 in a shootout. Jack Hughes scored two goals while Nico Daws made 31 saves for the Devils. Jesper Bratt of New Jersey also extended his point streak to a career-high seven games with an assist. The Devils are 24-37-5 with 53 points, seventh in the Metropolitan Division. Tuesday night, the Bruins at home lost to the Maple Leafs 6-4. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist for Boston in the loss. The Bruins currently have 87 points, fourth in the Atlantic Division. Boston leads the Wild Cards standings over the Washington Capitals by three points.
New Jersey Devils Vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds
New Jersey is 1-6 in its last seven games after a win. Over bets are 5-1 in the Devils’ last six meetings against a team with a winning record. New Jersey is 2-7 in its last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents. The Devils are 12-31 in their last 43 meetings with the Bruins. Boston is 4-0 in its last four games on Thursday. In their last eight games after allowing five or more goals in their previous game, the Bruins are 7-1. Boston is 5-1 in its last six meetings against Eastern Conference opponents. Currently, the Original Six franchise is listed as +1400 to win its first Stanley Cup since 2010-11.
New Jersey Devils Odds
Jesper Bratt is the Devils’ leading scorer with 65 points (22 goals and 43 assists). The 23-year-old winger leads New Jersey with six game-winning goals this season. Bratt has 18 powerplay points in 2021-22. Jack Hughes is the team’s second scorer with 54 points in 46 games (24 goals and 30 assists). The first pick in the 2019 draft scored 14 power-play points (six goals and eight assists). Hughes averages 19:46 of ice time per game and has scored two game-winning goals this year. New Jersey captain Nico Hischier scored 47 points on the season (18 goals and 29 assists). He had 12 power play points (four goals and eight assists) while averaging 19:06 of ice time per game. Dawson Mercer the Devils 2020 first-round pick (18and overall), has 37 points in 66 games in his rookie season. He scored two game-winning goals and added five power play points.
Damon Severson is the Devils’ leading scorer among defensemen with 37 points (10 goals and 27 assists). He blocked 75 shots and delivered 66 hits during the campaign. Popular free agent Dougie Hamilton, who missed time through injury, had 27 points in 46 games (nine goals and 18 assists). He blocked 75 shots and averaged 21:13 of ice time per game. Ryan Graves leads New Jersey in blocked shots with 109 in 2021-22. Graves is averaging 20:43 of ice time per game and 27 points on the year (six goals and 21 assists). PK Subban has 21 points this season and averages 18:39 of ice time per game. Subban has blocked 72 shots and recorded 61 hits this season.
The Devils have launched six different goaltenders this season, Mackenzie Blackwood, Nico Daws, Jonathan Bernier, Jon Gillies, Scott Wedgewood and Akira Schmid. Andrew Hammond, who was acquired at the deadline from Montreal, has not played for the Devils and is currently on the injured list. New Jersey desperately needs a real number one goaltender to rely on. Mackenzie Blackwood has started the most games in goal for the Devils this season with 22. Due to a heel injury, he has been on injured reserve since January. Nico Daws has started 17 games this year. He is 8-8-0 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA. Jon Gillies also saw time in net for New Jersey going 3-10-0 while averaging 3.80 in 2021-22.
Boston Bruins Odds
David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals with 38 and points with 68. He leads the club in game-winning goals with nine and has 23 power-play points (14 goals and nine assists). Brad Marchand has a team leading 38 assists and ranks second in the club with 66 points. He has 26 power-play points (seven goals and 19 assists), two shorthanded goals and six game-winning goals this year. Marchand is a +7, averaging 19:16 of ice time per game and had 60 hits in 2021-22. Taylor Hall in his first full season in Boston has 50 points in 66 games (15 goals and 35 assists). The 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner has 13 power-play points (six goals and seven assists) this year. Center Patrice Bergeron has 47 points (17 goals and 30 assists) this campaign. The four-time Selke Trophy winner is second on the Bruins in plus/minus at +16, averaging 18:21 of ice time per game. Bergeron scored 21 power play points (seven goals and 14 assists) and scored three game-winning goals during the year.
The Bruins acquired Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks at the deadline and quickly signed him to an eight-year/$52 million deal. He is a great addition to the Bruins who will strengthen their blue line. Lindholm has 23 points while stopping 79 shots and delivering 62 hits in 64 total games. Charlie McAvoy is the Bruins defensemen’s leading scorer with 44 points (eight goals and 36 assists). He leads the club in blocked shots with 103 and has recorded 129 hits. He also has a +15 and an average of 24:34 of ice time per game in 2021-22. Matt Grzelcyk has 20 points this season (three goals and 17 assists). He has blocked 72 shots and leads the club in plus/minus at +17. Derek Forbort has played in 62 games this season, recording 106 hits with 80 blocked shots. Brandon Carlo gave the team valuable minutes by playing 19:42 per game. He’s a +3, second on the team with 88 blocked shots and has 107 hits in 2021-22.
Jeremy Swayman started 31 games for Boston in 2021-22. He’s 19-9-3 with a .920 save percentage and is fourth in the NHL with a 2.24 GAA. Linus Ullmark has started 31 games this season between Bruins pipes. He is 20-9-2 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.70 GAA.
New Jersey Devils Vs. Boston Bruins Picks and Predictions
New Jersey scores three goals per game, ranking it 17thand in the NHL and attempting 32 shots per game, 14and globally. The road team, the Devils, has 10 players on its roster who have scored at least 10 goals this season. On the defensive side, the Devils allow 3.6 goals per game or 28and in the NHL and producing 31.1 shots per game, 12and globally. Boston scores 3.1 goals per game, ranking them 16and in the NHL and attempting 35.7 shots per game, third overall. In their roster, Boston has five players in their roster with at least 40 points. Defensively, the Bruins allow 2.7 goals per game, which is sixth in the NHL and 29 shots per game, third overall. With bonus points in the Eastern Conference as Boston jockeys for playoff positioning, I like the Bruins winning this game with under 6.5 combined goals scored in the contest.