Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 12/23/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-111) Devils (-108)
The New Jersey Devils (22-9-2) will try to defeat the Boston Bruins (25-4-2) at Prudential Center on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has Boston at -111 while New Jersey is coming in at -108. The over/under is 7.
The Boston Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 7-3 victory against the Panthers in their previous outing. Boston tallied 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. Furthermore, they had 4 power play attempts and were able to net 2 goals. The Bruins had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the win. For the matchup, they netted 7 out of the 26 shots they launched.
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Boston Bruins opponents have earned 120 power play opportunities (7th in professional hockey) and have scored 18 goals in those chances. The Bruins so far have had 904 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .926. Boston has tried 1,079 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.2%. While at even strength, the Bruins have allowed 49 goals while getting 86 themselves. Boston steps onto the ice with 118 power play opportunities and they have notched 35 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 29.66%. For the season, they have racked up 52 points and their points % is .839. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 121 goals (3rd in the NHL) for the year and have conceded 67.
The player in the crease for this game is Jeremy Swayman. Opponents have been able to score 136 goals against Swayman in his career and his goals against average is 2.30. Swayman has been involved in 62 games throughout his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .916 during his 3,543 mins on the ice. He has compiled a mark of 36-20-4 and he started in 58 games. In his professional hockey career, Swayman has earned 37 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .638. Swayman has seen 1,619 shots taken against him and has gathered 1,483 total saves.
In their last contest, New Jersey played the Panthers in a matchup where the Devils got the win by a score of 4-2. They had 3 power play opportunities in this contest and recorded 1 out of those attempts. The Devils netted 4 goals of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking.
New Jersey has attempted 1,159 shots (2nd in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.66%, while allowing the opposition 882 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 80.58% on their opponents 103 power play chances, and their save percentage is 90.6%. They have recorded 102 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 19.61%. The Devils have 92 goals at even strength and 20 goals (23rd in the NHL) while on the power play. They have permitted 83 goals to be scored by of a combination of 63 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the season, the New Jersey Devils have tallied 112 goals, 46 points, as well as a points percentage of .697.
For the opposition you will find Vitek Vanecek patrolling the crease. His opponents are averaging 2.63 goals per contest and he has relinquished 244 goals in total. Vanecek's percentage of quality starts sits at 51.1% and he has 48 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has been a starter 94 games and has racked up 5,559 mins. Vanecek is sitting with a lifetime record of 53-26-12 and has participated in 100 games. He has a tally of 2,406 stops out of 2,650 shots tried, giving him a save % of .908.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-111)
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