Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 1/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-179) Devils (+144)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils host the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Saturday. The Bruins open this contest at -179 while the Devils are coming in at +144. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 win over the Devils in their last game. The Bruins had a middle of the road offensive output in this victory. For the game, they netted 3 of the 37 shots they put on net. They also had 5 power play attempts and notched 2 goals out of those chances. Boston racked up 10 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 45 and the Corsi against at even strength was 39 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 53.6%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 32, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.8%. They won 20 face-off wins and lost 19 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 63.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 88.9 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New Jersey Devils racked up 22 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play opportunities.
Protecting the net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and racked up 2,402 minutes defending the net last year. Rask gave up an average of 2.12 goals per contest which ranked him 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 2nd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of last year, he surrendered 85 goals. He held a save percentage of .929 which ranked him 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders. Boston converted a total of 227 goals which had them sitting at 6th in the conference and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential was +60, putting them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins had a total of 100 points, which had them sitting at 1st in the NHL and 1st in the East. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they had a total of 2,247 which had them sitting at 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. As a unit, Boston had a total of 1,562 hits which had them averaging 22.3 per contest. They had a total of 754 blocks for the year.
In their loss to Boston, New Jersey had a 46.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 39 while they gave up a Corsi of 45. They had a Fenwick percentage of 49.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 32 and the Bruins earning a 33 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 111.1 and they earned an oZS percentage of 36.9%. The Devils notched 2 goals of the 22 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Bruins had 5 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 2 goals. New Jersey conceded 37 shots on goal and the Bruins racked up a total of 10 penalty mins.
In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who had a marginal year by giving up 2.77 goals per game and that ranked him 16th in the Eastern Conference and 31st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,684 mins he played last year, he gave up 124 goals. His save percentage was .915, which had him sitting 8th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd among goaltenders in the NHL. With reference to goal differential, the Devils ranked 14th in the East and 27th in the league with -39. They had a total of 185 goals for the season which was good for 14th in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey had a save % as a team of .901 which had them 19th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They shot 8.7% ranking them 13th in the East.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-179)
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