New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/7/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+170) Bruins (-208)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (13-5-3) play the New Jersey Devils (7-10-2) at TD Garden on Sunday. The line on this game has the Devils priced at +170 and the Bruins are at -208. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Devils will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-1 loss against the Rangers their last time out. The Corsi for the Devils was 57 and the Corsi against was 29 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 66.3%. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 59.2% and they had a PDO of 75.3 for this game. New Jersey accumulated 13 penalty minutes for this contest. The Devils left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this loss. Their Fenwick was 48 and the Fenwick Against sat at 26, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 64.9%. They had a tally of 30 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 16 opportunities to win the face-off. In addition, they had 4 opportunities with more players on the ice but weren't able to score a goal. In the outing, they tallied a score on 1 of the 36 shots they put on goal.
The Devils have had 581 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .900. At even strength, the Devils have allowed the opponent to score 37 goals while notching 39 of their own. New Jersey Devils opponents have totaled 56 power play tries (30th in pro hockey) and have a total of 21 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have recorded 16 points and their points % is .421. New Jersey has taken 575 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.2%. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the New Jersey Devils have accumulated 47 goals (30th in the NHL) this season and have surrendered 58. New Jersey steps onto the ice with 58 power play opportunities and they have scored 8 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 13.79%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Mackenzie Blackwood. Blackwood has been in net for 81 games throughout his professional hockey career. He has amassed a mark of 37-29-9 and he was named the starter in 75 games. The opposition has racked up 209 goals versus Blackwood in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.73. Blackwood has had 2,460 shots against him and he has 2,251 total saves. His save percentage is at .915 for his 4,597 minutes played. Over the course of his pro career, Blackwood has recorded 42 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .560.
In their last contest, Boston squared up with the Capitals in a game where the Bruins ended up with the win by a mark of 5-1. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but didn't score a goal. The Bruins netted 5 goals of the 25 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO was 121 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 44.8%. Boston went home with a 51.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Boston played and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 52.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 29 and the Capitals finishing with a 26 Fenwick at even strength.
So far this season, the Boston Bruins have a total of 63 goals, 29 points, as well as a points percentage of .690. They have granted a total of 52 goals to be scored by of a combination of 44 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they were shorthanded. The Bruins have accumulated 48 goals at even strength and 15 goals (17th in the league) while on the power play. They have a total of 60 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 25.00%. Boston has put up 654 shots (20th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.63%, while allowing the opposition 553 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 88.73% on their opponents 71 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.6%.
Across the rink you will find Tuukka Rask patrolling the crease. He has racked up 14,023 saves out of the 15,220 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .921. Rask holds a lifetime mark of 299-161-66 and has participated in 549 contests. He was named a starter in 528 games and has racked up 31,605 mins. Rask's percentage of quality starts is 60.6% and he has accumulated 320 quality starting assignments in his pro career. The opposition is averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has yielded 1,197 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+170)
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