NHL Hockey Betting: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

Added February 27, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Things aren’t going well right now for the Boston Bruins. They’re barely holding on to the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot with a two point lead over the Florida Panthers. They just can’t win games of late. They’re 2-6-2 in their last 10 games and have lost money on the road going 12-12-5. They have only three wins in their last 11 games and must now face a tricky test as they head to Newark to take on a New Jersey Devils team that has shown a lot of pluck during the second half of the season. They got off to a horrible start and still don’t really have much in place for the future but they’re playing hard every night and that’s enough to put some wins in the books. The Devils are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and just 8 points out of the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot have at least a theoretical chance to make the postseason.

Boston’s problem is obvious–they haven’t been scoring goals and they haven’t been keeping opponents from scoring goals. Throw out a 6-2 win against Vancouver which is clearly an aberration and they’ve got an average of 1.8 goals per game in their last 10. On the other end of the ice, they’ve allowed an average of 3.2 goals per game and that math just doesn’t work out. Tuuka Rask hasn’t played badly but isn’t getting much help from his teammates on offense or defense. At any rate, they’re not playing the hard checking, defensively tenacious hockey that has become synonymous with the team.

This is a clear case where the linesmakers and betting public are basing their opinions more on the name on the sweater than on a team’s on-ice performance. With Boston’s current form they’ve got no business being favored against anyone other than bottom feeders like Edmonton or Buffalo. New Jersey most definitely doesn’t fit in that dubious category. These teams aren’t that far apart in terms of talent and neither are much on the offensive end. On paper the Bruins may have the better defense and goaltending but they sure haven’t been demonstrating it on the ice lately. We’ll take the price with a hard trying Devils side.


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