New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins - 3/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins - 3/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (17-8-5) vs New Jersey Devils (12-16-4)

Game Info: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -219 / New Jersey Devils +191 --- 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 Sunday afternoon.

The New Jersey Devils will look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Washington last time out. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 19 points including 7 goals and 12 assists while Ty Smith has 18 points with a team-high 16 assists. Jesper Bratt, Janne Kuokkanen and Jack Hughes all have 16 points with Bratt and Kuokkanen each having double-digit assist totals and Hughes logging 7 goals as well this season. Myles Wood also has a team-high 10 goals this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals on 29.6 shots with a 14.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 31.4 shots against with a 71.4% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Boston Bruins will look to build on a 3-2 win over Buffalo in their last matchup. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 34 points but is currently out of the lineup, dealing with COVID protocols. David Pastrnak has 27 points with a team-high 14 goals along with 13 assists while Patrice Bergeron has 26 points with 10 goals and 16 assists. Charlie McAvoy and David Krejci each have 17 assists as well for Boston this season. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.7 goals on 31.6 shots per game with a 25% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 26.8 shots per game with an 89.5% success rate on the PK this season.

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New Jersey is 6-15 in their last 21 games overall and 27-69 in their last 96 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog. Boston is 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 games played on no rest while the under is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games overall. New Jersey’s 10-27 in the last 37 meetings between the two teams and 4-14 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

I think this one could honestly go either way, as the Devils have played their best on the road, but Boston’s been the better team over the course of the season. Instead, I’m going to side with the under here. I think this game is shaping up to be a defensive battle, and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see 4 goals max in this one. Give me the under here.

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