Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils - 1/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils - 1/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) vs Boston Bruins (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +144 / Boston Bruins -179 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils meet Saturday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Boston Bruins look for another win after beating the Devils in overtime. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with one goal, Dvid Krejci has one assist and Matt Grzelcyk has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up two goals on 22 shots faced.

The New Jersey Devils look for a bounce back showing after losing their opener to the Bruins. The New Jersey Devils are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Ty Smith leads New Jersey with one goal, Jack Hughes has two assists and Miles Wood has five shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 60 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed two goals on 37 shots faced.

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The Bruins are 14-5 in their last 19 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Devils are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 29-62 in their last 91 games as a home underdog. The under is 14-5 in Bruins last 19 overall. The under is 9-3 in Devils last 12 overall. The Bruins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and 27-7 in the last 34 meetings.

Early start and only the second game of the season, we could see some sloppy or sluggish hockey in this contest. However, it's hard not to get behind the Bruins in this meeting, as they've absolutely dominated the Devils over the years and found a way to beat them in overtime a couple days ago. The New Jersey Devils do play their best hockey at home, but the history between these clubs speaks for itself. Give me the Bruins, and I'll side with the PL for added betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Bruins -1.5

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