Free NHL Picks- Bruins To Maul The Devils

Dana Lane

Monday, January 2, 2017 8:56 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 8:56 PM UTC

Get ready to cash today! Join expert capper as he breaks down the game between Boston and New Jerseys for tonight's NHL action.

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Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils

There were some that expected the New Jersey Devils to take a leap forward from last year's mediocre season. They started the year 9-3-3 while resisting a regulation loss until the first week of December. Since, the Devils have lost 10 of their last 12 games and are coming off a thorough beating by the Washington Capitals, 6-2.

While watching the Devils it's clear that they are struggling especially against the better teams in the league, which the Bruins are. They struggle to consistently execute, leading to mistakes. The team has promised a better effort against Boston but that leaves me wondering, if you can crank out a better effort on cue then why wouldn't the Devils have reached for that inspiration in their last 12 games.  Talk is cheap. I can't back a team that has trouble accessing the opposing team's offensive zone.  We're not going to bet a team that we hope can find execution.  They've lost too many battles in the corners, not because of effort, they just aren't good enough.  

Most teams, when in a slump, get going because they receive a big play on special teams but with the way the Bruins have killed off penalties it will be difficult to find that spark.  Boston brings the league's second best penalty kill (87%) unit, fresh off a home-and-home sweep of the Buffalo Sabres. Against the Capitals New Jersey was 0-9 on the man advantage and are 1-22 over their last four games.

David Backes will not be in the line-up for the Bruins today.  Backes suffered a concussion against Buffalo and is out indefinitely. It won't make that big of a difference on the top line because Boston will still have Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, one of the league's best offensive lines intact. Backes only has 19 points in 33 games so his loss won't be that impactful. 

Before the Sabres sweep, the Bruins had dropped eight of their last 11 games but part of being a winning handicapper is to recognize situations that the public might miss as this could be the start of a Bruins win streak.

From a trend perspective, the Bruins have beaten the Devils six of their last eight visits to the Prudential Center and have beaten New Jersey 19 of their last 26 meetings.

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