New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (10-2-2) vs New Jersey Devils (5-3-2)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -263 / New Jersey Devils +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to build on a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers to return to play last time out. Miles Wood, Ty Smith and Jack Hughes each have 8 points with Wood logging 5 goals with 3 helpers while Hughes has 3 goals with 5 assists and Smith has 6 assists in his tally. Janne Kuokkanen has 6 points with 5 assists while Pavel Zacha and Damon Severson each have 5 points with Zacha posting 3 goals and a pair of assists while Severson has 4 assists at the point this season. Scott Wedgewood and MacKenzie Blackwood continue to split time in goal, with Wedgewood logging a win, a shutout and a 2.80 GAA while Blackwood’s got 3 wins and a 1.92 GAA in 4 appearances.
The Boston Bruins will try to rebound from a 4-2 loss to the Islanders in their last matchup. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are tied for Boston’s lead with 18 points, with Marchand scoring a team-high 9 goals with 9 assists while Bergeron has 7 goals and a team-high 11 assists. Charlie McAvoy has 11 points with 10 assists while David Krejci has 10 assists on the year also. David Pastrnak and Nick Ritchie also have 10 points apiece, with each logging 5 goals and 5 assists this season. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak continue to split time in goal for Boston, with Halak logging a 4-1 record in 5 starts with a shutout and a 1.38 GAA while Rask has a 6-3 record with a 2.51 GAA in 9 appearances.
New Jersey is 23-59 in their last 82 games against a team with a winning record and 20-47 in their last 67 Thursday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. New Jersey is 8-27 in the last 35 meetings between these two teams and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
There’s pros and cons to both sides, like New Jersey’s giving us a lot of plus money and looked good in their first game back, but the Rangers and the Bruins are two completely different stories on the other end of the ice right now. On the other hand, Boston is the better team, but there’s a hefty price tag that comes along with them. Instead, I’m going to back the under. I expect a strong defensive effort from Boston and New Jersey’s best chance to steal one here is if MacKenzie Blackwood or Scott Wedgewood stand on their head and keep the Devils in it. I think we’ll hit 5 goals max here, so give me the under.