Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils - 1/14/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (0-0) vs Boston Bruins (0-0)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +150 / Boston Bruins -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Thursday night.
The Boston Bruins come into the 2021 season looking to get back into the Stanley Cup hunt after finishing the 2019-20 season as the Presidents’ Trophy champion with 100 points and the league’s best record with a 44-14-12 mark including a 22-4-9 record at home. The Bruins made the playoffs for the 4th straight season as the Atlantic division champions, reaching the Eastern Conference second round where the Bruins were sent packing by the eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. David Pastrnak is back for the B’s after leading the Bruins with 95 points including 48 goals and 47 assists while Brad Marchand was 2nd in scoring with 87 points, including a team-high 59 assists while also leading the Bruins in the playoffs with 7 goals and 12 points. The Bruins will have to shuffle the defense around with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug both signing elsewhere in free agency, but there are other returning pieces like Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle, and the goaltending tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask is in tact as well after Rask had to leave the bubble for a family emergency. Halak performed well in relief but it ultimately fell short and you can bet the Bruins will be out to make amends this season.
The New Jersey Devils eill look to take a step forward in 2021 after a 2019-20 season that saw the Devils finish with a record of 28-29-12, sitting in the basement of the Metropolitan division and missing out on the postseason for the 2nd straight year and for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons. The Devils made a splash in the offseason, bringing in Andreas Johnsson up front and shoreing up the defense with Ryan Murray, Dmitri Kulikov and Sami Vatanen. The Devils also had 3 draft picks inside of the top-20, taking Alexander Holtz 7th overall, Dawson Mercer at 18 and Shakir Mukhamadullin just two picks later, further bolstering New Jersey’s core for the future. The starting goaltender job appears to be in the hands of MacKenzie Blackwood, posting a 22-14-8 record with a 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage last season, while New Jersey decided to cut bait with Cory Schneider after a disappointing last two years with the club. Only time will tell if New Jersey takes another step in the right direction or if it’s another year in the lottery for the Devils.
Boston is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 13-5 in their last 18 road games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games. New Jersey is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 29-61 in their last 90 games as a home underdog while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. Boston is 26-7 in the last 33 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in New Jersey.
It will be interesting to see how both teams handle this new division realignment as I think the East division is the hardest of the four. With that said, both teams have solid goaltending and I think we not only see rust, but I think the defensive units come to play in this one, so I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.