New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 2/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+210) Bruins (-263)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (5-3-2) head to TD Garden on Thursday where they'll meet the Boston Bruins (10-2-2). The Bruins open this matchup at -263 while the Devils are priced at +210. The total is set at 5.5.
The Devils were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5-2 win over the Rangers in their previous contest. The Devils had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the win. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 5 out of the 37 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and scored 1 goal. New Jersey garnered 9 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Devils came in at 63 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 65 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 49.2%. Their Fenwick came in at 48 and the Fenwick Against sat at 48, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 50.0%. They had a tally of 36 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 33 attempts to take control of the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 105.7 for this matchup.
The Devils have had 329 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .921. When playing at even strength, the Devils have conceded 15 goals while having 24 on the offensive side of the ice. New Jersey Devils opponents have 34 power play opportunities (30th in the league) and have earned 11 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have tallied 12 points and their points percentage is .600. New Jersey has taken 304 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.2%. When it comes to scoring goals, the New Jersey Devils have notched 28 goals (31st in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have allowed 26. New Jersey is sitting with 28 power play opportunities and they have added 4 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 14.29%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. During his career on the ice, Blackwood is sitting with 40 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .588. His save percentage sits at .918 in his 4,198 mins in the crease. Blackwood has seen 2,275 shots taken against him and has recorded 2,088 total saves. Opponents have notched 187 goals versus Blackwood in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.67. He has amassed an overall mark of 35-24-9 and he started in 68 games. Blackwood has taken the ice for 74 matchups during his professional hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Boston opposed the Islanders in an outing where the Bruins were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 4-2. Boston had a 49.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Boston had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage was 48.9% by compiling a Fenwick of 43 and the Islanders having accrued a 45 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 102 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 53.5%. The Bruins earned 2 goals of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this contest but weren't able to score a goal.
Boston has attempted 443 shots (13th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.03%, while allowing their opponents 356 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 88.00% on their oppositions 50 chances on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.6%. They have earned 44 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 27.27%. The Bruins have tallied 28 goals at even strength and 12 goals (10th in hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 30 goals to be scored by way of 24 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Boston Bruins have accounted for 40 goals, 22 points, and a points percentage of .786.
For the opposition you are expected to see Tuukka Rask in net. He has tallied 13,932 stops out of the 15,118 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .922. Rask has a lifetime record of 297-160-65 and has participated in 545 games. He has made the start in 524 contests and has been on the ice for 31,360 mins. Rask's percentage of quality starts sits at 60.7% and he has made 318 quality starts in his NHL career. The opposition is averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has conceded 1,186 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+210)
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