With just 2 NHL games to bet on for Monday, we focus on this valuable pick. The injury-ridden New Jersey Devils (6-6-2) face the red hot Boston Bruins who have won 4 straight games.
Gametime is expected at 7:00 pm ET at TD Garden Bank Arena in Boston, Massachusetts and 5 Dimes Sportsbook lists the Bruins as a massive -176 betting favorite with the total for the game listed at 5.
Check out our free pick for the other NHL matchup tonight: Flames vs. Hurricanes.
Four Game Winning Streak
Boston has experienced a lot of injuries this season, but are on a major run. They've allowed just 7 goals in their last 4 games and have held the opposition to just 22.3 shots on goal per game. They've managed to do this without some key players. Defenseman Troy Krug is expected back after a 5 game absence and is a Devil-killer, David Krejci is listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury.
Boston has been able to hold their own offensively, averaging 2.8 goals per game, but when Krejci has seen icetime, he's made the most of it.On the season, Krejci has 3 goals and 7 assists, which is still good for 3rd on the team.
Center Carl Soderberg and left winger Brad Marchand have been consistent line. While Soderberg leads the Bruins with 8 assists and 12 points , Marchand has been a goal scoring machine with 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. This line has been able to put a lot of pressure on the opposition and has come through during the power play and are a key reason why Boston has gotten their season back on track.
With Krug (2 points, 4 assists) back in the lineup and seeing a ton of ice time, New Jersey will have their hands full tonight. Dougie Hamilton and Troy Krug have been tireless workers, both seeing over 20 minutes per game and the Boston Bruins have to feel good about getting a bit healthier.
Devils goalie Cory Schneider is confirmed in net tonight and gets a chance to right the ship, but it will be a tall order for the Devil netminder. Although Schneider has a winning record this season, he's lost his last 3 games, allowing 7 goals in his last 2 games and stopping 42 of just 49 shots.Schenider gives the Devils a chance to win and it will be up to the Jersey offense to produce.
Although not confirmed, Tuukka Rask is expected in net for Boston. Rask participated in the early skate around and that's a good indication that he'll be in net. Rask has been a beast for his career and nothing has changed this season as he sports a 7-4 record with a goals against average of just 2.48. Rask has won his last 3 matchups and although he's received a sufficient amount of goal support, he has held up his end of the bargain, allowing less than 2 goals per games in his last 3 starts.
"Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking"
Jaromir Jagr is a sure fire 1st ballot hall of famer, but it's a sad state of affairs when one of the Devils leading scorers is a 42 year old player that played with the likes of the great Mario Lemieux. Jagr has amassed 1764 career points and see's a lot of ice time because he was always known for being one of the fittest players in the NHL. That said, the Devils can't be blamed for their poor play as of late as they have suffered a barrage of injuries.
New Jersey is itching to get center Adam Henrique (4 goals, 5 assists in 12 games) back in the lineup and is listed as day to day and Mike Cammaleri has been phenomenal when healthy. Cammaleri has scored 5 goals in 8 games this season, but won't suiting up tonight.
As aforementeioned, the NHL odds favor Boston, who has won 12 of their last 15 matchups against New Jersey.
Boston has all of the momentum coming into this game. They'll have Troy Krug back in the lineup while New Jersey is playing shorthanded as their losing streak indicates. Lay the juice with your NHL pick tonight and take Boston to win quite easily.
Free NHL Pick: Boston -176