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Devils' Punchless Offense Has Them Slumping

The Boston Bruins are making a mid-season rise toward the top of the Atlantic Division, and a win over the New Jersey Devils would go a long way toward starting 2017 on a winning note. Oddsmakers initially set the Devils as +122 home pups with a total of 5.

Shark Bites
  • The Devils are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games.
  • The favored team is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games in this matchup.
  • The Bruins are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games on the road.

New Jersey is 2-9-1 in its last 12 games overall and Cory Schneider (10-12-5, .904 save percentage) is expected to be back in net after backup netminder Keith Kinkaid started two straight. Finding the back of the net has been a tall order for New Jersey, as the club ranks 27th in the league in goals per game (2.24) and could be without star left-winger Taylor Hall for a third straight game.

Boston has enjoyed plenty of success in this series in recent years, evidenced by the Bruins triumphing in six of the last seven meetings between the Eastern Conference foes. The B’s took the first matchup of the year against the Devils on October 20 – a 2-1 home victory.

Bettors banking on seeing a high-scoring game will want to pay attention to this one. In the last five renewals between the Bruins and Devils, the OVER is 4-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New Jersey Devils were listed earlier today as 122 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.2-2.4 win for the Bruins on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Jersey Devils bring a 14-16-7 record to the battle against the 20-15-4 Bruins. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Jersey go 14-12-11 so far and the Bruins go 15-19-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Jersey vs Boston injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the New Jersey Devils rated this week at No. 29 and the Boston Bruins sitting at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New Jersey Devils No. 27-ranked offense (2.32 goals per game) against a Boston Bruins defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.41 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 13.95% rate while the Bruins have a 86.92% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Sabres on December 31. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Devils were a 6-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Capitals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -158 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Jersey
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing New Jersey
  • New Jersey is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
  • New Jersey is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
  • New Jersey is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Edmonton, Thursday, January 5th
New Jersey at Carolina, Tuesday, January 3rd