New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins
Two Eastern Conference teams take to the ice Tuesday in Boston under different circumstances.Â New Jersey’s quickly running out of time as the regular season starts to near its end.Â The Devils currently reside in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind eighth-place Buffalo while also behind Carolina and Toronto. Boston sits atop the Northeast Division standings and is third in the Eastern Conference.Â Â The Boston Bruins are -150 favorites over the visiting New Jersey Devils tonight with an over/under goal total of 5.
New Jersey is playing some of its best hockey of the year with just 10 games remaining on the schedule. The Devils were on a 23-3-2 tear before a recent two-game slide, so the playoffs are still on the radar.Â The Losing streak came to an end on Sunday when the Devils blanked Columbus 3-0, as a -125 road favorite. The three goals failed to topple the five-goal closing total, helping the der cash the third consecutive game. The Devils got two goals from David Clarkson, while Nick Palmieri closed the scoring with a third-period goal.Â Goaltender Martin Brodeur stopped 13 shots, earning his NHL-record 115th shutout.
Boston ended a four-game road trip with Saturdays loss to Toronto as a -125 road favorite, 5-2.Â The combined seven goals went er the 5 Â½-goal closing total, helping the er improve to 4-1 the previous five outings. The Bruins got goals from Adam McQuaid and Daniel Paille, but the team dropped to 1-3-3 the past seven outings.
The Bruins have beaten New Jersey the previous three meetings, including both this season.Â Boston won October 16th as aÂ +120 road underdog, 4-1, and November 15th as a -180 home favorite, 3-0.Â The der is 7-1-2 the past 10 games in this series. In tonights game, I see another low-scoring hard- hitting affair.Â My wager for the game will be the der, which is set for 5 goals.Â I see the final score being something in the range of 2-1 or 3-1, making the der a winning proposition.