New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+191) Bruins (-219)
Mackenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (12-16-4) travel to TD Garden on Sunday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins (16-8-5). The Devils open this matchup at +191 while the Bruins are priced at -219. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4-0 loss to the Capitals their last time on the ice. The Devils had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. For the outing, they went home without being able to finish on any of the 24 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. New Jersey compiled 6 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils came in at 42 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 40 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 51.2%. Their Fenwick came in at 31 and the Fenwick against was 32, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 49.2%. They earned 26 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were at 53.1% and they had a PDO of 84.0 in this game.
The Devils have had 1,003 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .902. When at even strength, the Devils have allowed the opponent to score 72 goals while scoring 65 themselves. New Jersey Devils opponents have tallied 93 power play opportunities (24th in the league) and have a total of 26 goals in those attempts. For the year, the have a total of 28 points and their points percentage comes in at .438. New Jersey has attempted 941 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.3%. In terms of their scoring, the New Jersey Devils have racked up 78 goals (28th in pro hockey) so far this season and have given up 98. New Jersey skates onto the rink with 92 power play opportunities and they have notched 13 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 14.13%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Mackenzie Blackwood. Blackwood has participated in 88 games throughout his hockey career. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 40-33-9 and he started in 82 games. The opposition has notched 232 goals versus Blackwood in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.78. Blackwood has seen 2,675 shot attempts taken against him and has gathered 2,443 saves. He has a save percentage of .913 in his 5,015 minutes guarding the cage. In his professional hockey career, Blackwood has accumulated 45 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .549.
The last time they were on the ice, Boston went up against the Islanders in a game where the Bruins ended up taking the loss by a tally of 4-3. They had 4 attempts on the power play in this contest and earned 1 out of those opportunities. The Bruins converted 3 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO was 89 and their percentage of oZS was 60.0%. Boston earned a 57.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Boston played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their Fenwick percentage was 57.8% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Islanders having racked up a 27 Fenwick at even strength.
The Bruins are sitting with 56 goals at even strength and 22 goals (12th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. Boston has tried 917 shots (28th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 8.51%, while allowing the opposition 777 shots. Over the course of the season, the Boston Bruins have 78 goals, 37 points, in addition to a points percentage of .638. They have a total of 88 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 25.00%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 89.47% on the other teams 95 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.2%. They have permitted 68 goals to be scored by of a combination of 58 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Jaroslav Halak in net. He has compiled 13,926 stops out of the 15,196 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .916. Halak is the owner of a career record of 279-171-61 and has played in 534 games. He has started in 497 contests and has accumulated 30,789 mins. Halak's quality start rate is 56.7% and he has earned 282 quality starting assignments in his professional career. The opposition is averaging 2.47 goals/game and he has allowed 1,270 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+191)
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