The Devils and Bruins are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bruins will host the game at TD Garden in Boston, MA. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Bruins being the favored team playing at home against the Devils.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS BOSTON BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Boston Bruins -1.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE BOSTON BRUINS:

  • The Bruins enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Bruins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Devils (+1.5)

Can the Devils Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

This season, the Devils have a mark of 19-13-2. When going on the road, New Jersey has a record of 11-5-0 record, while they are 8-8-2 at their home arena. This record has them sitting 5th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 8th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, New Jersey posted a 9-25 record. On the road they are 8-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 1-17. Games involving New Jersey have an average of 7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Devils come in with a record of 21-12-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, New Jersey has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Devils are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 7th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. Coming into the game, the Devils have 14-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 5-6.

New Jersey will be looking for a good game from Tyler Toffoli who leads the team in scoring with 15 goals, ranking 29th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.

The Bruins defense is currently 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32 shots per game against Boston. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Vitek Vanecek has started 20 games this season. His current record stands at 13-6, and his save percentage is 0.77%.

Will Boston Live Up to Expectations at Home?

The Bruins come in with an overall record of 20-7-6. On the road, Boston has a 10-5-3 record, whereas they are 10-2-3 at home. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Boston posted a 17-16 record. On the road they are 9-9 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 8-7. The average goal total for Boston's games is sitting at 5.8. The average over/under line for the season is 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 15-18-0.

In their last three games at home, the Bruins have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team's offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

The Bruins come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 24th in the league. The Boston offense is ranked 9th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 31st in the NHL.

Boston will be looking for a good game from David Pastrnak who leads the team in scoring with 20 goals, ranking 5th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 25 assists.

The Bruins defense is currently 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32 shots per game against Boston. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Linus Ullmark gets the start and has made 16 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-5, and his save percentage is 0.75%.