New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 1/4/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+220) Bruins (-275)
TD Garden is the site where the Boston Bruins (16-10-2) will take on the New Jersey Devils (13-15-5) on Tuesday. The odds on this game have New Jersey at +220 and Boston is coming in at -275. The over/under has been set at 6.
The New Jersey Devils were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 win over the Capitals in their previous outing. New Jersey accrued 6 penalty mins in this matchup. They also had 1 power play chance but didn't get a goal. The Devils had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the victory. In the outing, they finished 4 out of the 37 shots they attempted.
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The Devils have had 1,010 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .889. While at even strength, the Devils have surrendered 94 goals while getting 82 of their own. New Jersey Devils opponents have recorded 95 power play opportunities (16th in professional hockey) and have earned 18 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have tallied 31 points and their points % is .470. New Jersey has tried 1,052 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.0%. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have notched 95 goals (17th in pro hockey) so far this season and have surrendered 112. New Jersey steps onto the ice with 90 power play chances and they have tallied 13 goals out of those advantages, giving them a rate of 14.44%.
The player in the crease for this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Blackwood has compiled 61 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .521. His save percentage is .909 during his 7,083 minutes in the crease. Blackwood has had 3,748 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 3,407 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 341 goals versus Blackwood in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.89. He has earned a record of 54-47-15 and he was named the starter in 117 games. Blackwood has participated in 124 contests during his NHL career.
The last time they were on the ice, Boston played the Red Wings in a game where the Bruins ended up with the win by a tally of 5-1. The Bruins scored 5 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net.
The Bruins are sitting with 61 goals at even strength and 18 goals (16th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. Boston has attempted 1,007 shots (17th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 7.85%, while allowing their opponents 823 shots. On the season, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 79 goals, 34 points, as well as a points percentage of .607. They have a total of 83 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 21.69%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 81.61% on the other teams 87 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.3%. They have granted a total of 72 goals to be scored by of a combination of 56 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are going to see Linus Ullmark patrolling the crease. Ullmark has accrued a career mark of 58-52-13 and has been in goal for 130 contests. Ullmark's percentage of quality starts comes in at 56.0% and he has qualified for 70 quality starting assignments in his career. He has racked up 3,592 saves out of 3,934 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .913. The opposition is averaging 2.75 goals/game and he has relinquished 342 goals overall. He got the starting nod in 125 games and has accumulated 7,452 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+220)
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