NHL Picks: Bruins vs. Devils Odds Analysis

David Lawrence

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:54 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 12:54 PM UTC

The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs just once in the last 16 seasons but a second absence could be just around the corner.

NHL Betting: Bruins vs. Devils Picks

The team that represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup final last season enters Wednesday on a seven-game losing streak. While they are only two points out of a playoff spot, their chances look slim given how they’ve been playing recently. 

Record: 115-136 (-1528)

The Boston Bruins can win because…

The Devils aren’t scoring much these days. That’s a problem considering the Bruins have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. 

If you’re making your NHL picks on Tuesday and you’re considering betting the Devils, keep in mind that they’ve scored just four goals in their last four games. On the season, Boston has allowed just 81 goals, which is by far the tops in the Eastern Conference. If that’s not enough, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask has a 0.95 GAA in five career starts against New Jersey

This just isn’t a good matchup for the Devils right now. Facing a Bruins team that is smart defensively, disciplined and doesn’t give up freebies is not what the Devils need to see right now. 

The New Jersey Devils can win because…

The Bruins are also struggling on offense. If there is a chance for the Devils to eke out a win in a low-scoring game, this could be it. Boston is coming off an outing where they scored six goals but that was just the second time in 12 games that they scored more than three goals.

New Jersey has lost seven straight but they’ve had a chance to win almost all of those games. Six of the seven losses were by just one goal and four of the games went to overtime, so it’s not as if they’ve been getting blown out. The Devils should be competitive in this one too. 


Outlook & Pick 

Under is the play for me in this spot. The two teams have squared off twice this season and combined for a total of four goals in those contests. Given Rask’s success in this series, along with the Devils offense being missing in action, this figures to be a low-scoring affair 

Pick: Under 5 at Bodog

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