New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (41-20-5) vs New Jersey Devils (24-37-5)
Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -323 / New Jersey Devils +252 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins host the New Jersey Devils in Thursday NHL Action.
The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 24-37-5. Through 66 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 203 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.56 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 5th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th ranked team in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 41-20-5. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 66 games, the Bruins have scored 204 goals, giving them an average of 3.06. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.7 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 2nd easiest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.
Through 66 games, the New Jersey Devils' leading goal scorer is Jack Hughes. With his 30 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 54. On the season, he is turning 14.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Devils have benefited from the strong play of Jesper Bratt, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New Jersey's 66 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 2.0. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.
Through 66 games, the Boston Bruins' goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 38 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 38 assists to go along with his 28 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.7 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.
In New Jersey's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-26-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-10-1. On the season, 62.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. In Boston's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 31-31-4. So far, taking the over when the Bruins are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-15-2. On the season, 53.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. With a line set at 6.5 goals, I see this game falling below that line in what should be a lower-than-expected scoring matchup.
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