For a stretch of time, the Bruins and Devils were the top teams in the Eastern Conference. However, in the two weeks leading up to the NHL’s Christmas break, New Jersey was rudely jolted back to reality.
On Wednesday, December 28 at the Prudential Center, these two teams will meet for the second time in a OKBET Betting week.
This matchup will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT’s Wednesday night hockey doubleheader, preceded by the Golden Knights and followed by the Ducks. Boston is a -113 moneyline favorite to defeat New Jersey after winning the previous meeting, a 4-3 thriller.
After a tough stretch leading up to Christmas, the New Jersey Devils hope to regain the form that made them a league powerhouse from September through November. Below you’ll find our best bet and prediction for the Bruins vs. Devils game, as well as the odds for that matchup.
Bruins vs Devils Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Wednesday, December 28th||Boston Bruins||-1.5 (+215)||O 6.5 (-106)||-113|
|7:30 PM||New Jersey Devils||+1.5 (-275)||U 6.5 (-115)||-108|
About two months ago, the Bruins and the Devils were tied for first place in the NHL standings with 43 points apiece. Since then, New Jersey has dropped seven of their last eight games, prompting fans and the media to question whether the team’s success in the first two months of the season was only an act.
The Devils are modest home underdogs versus the Bruins with moneyline odds of -108, giving them an implied win probability of 51.92% for this game due to their recent troubles, while the Bruins are the chalk with odds of -113, giving them a 53.05% likelihood to win.
Bruins Remain Class of NHL
This season, the Bruins’ 0-1-1 record versus the Ottawa Senators stands in stark contrast to their 27-3-2 record against the rest of the NHL. Bruins still dominate, five points ahead of Hurricanes for first place with 57 points.
Last night, the Bruins outshot the Senators 51-49 but ultimately lost in a shootout, 3-2. Boston has recently dominated the Devils while inexplicably struggling against the Senators.
Bruins vs Devils Recent Results
|10/23/2022||NJ 3 – BOS 4||BOS||NJ||Over|
|03/31/2022||BOS 8 – NJ 1||BOS||BOS||Over|
|01/04/2022||BOS 5 – NJ 3||BOS||BOS||Over|
|11/13/2021||NJ 2 – BOS 5||BOS||BOS||Over|
|05/04/2021||NJ 4 – BOS 3 (OT)||NJ||NJ||Over|
Bruins outscored the Devils 33-17 in the past six matchups and won all seven games. Despite the Bruins’ reputation for stifling opposition on defense, the team has scored at least three goals in each of its past five meetings with the Devils.
Despite this, the Bruins have the best defensive record in the NHL this season. Although Jeremy Swayman got the nod in net yesterday, Vezina Trophy frontrunner Linus Ullmark will receive the nod in the second game of a back-to-back. The squad is allowing only 2.18 goals per game.
Is the Devils’ Offense Back?
The Devils’ scoring slump in mid-December was mostly attributable to the team’s inability to score goals. New Jersey scored just 19 goals during their winless stretch (1-6-1) for an average of 2.38 per game, which was a full goal below their season scoring average.
Five of their previous six games have ended with a score that was under the NHL odds, with the lone exception being their most recent game, which went over. Last time out, New Jersey lost 4-3 to the Bruins after letting in 4 goals in the second period. However, the Devils were able to score 2 goals in the third to make it a one-goal game and bring the total over 6.
New Jersey is still a terrific moneyline bet this season, ranking third in the NHL with an 18.13 percent return. However, the return on investment was far higher three weeks earlier. New Jersey was favored in five of their seven losses during their slump.
The Devils haven’t had much luck recently, but they do have the best road record in the Eastern Conference. The issue with the Bruins vs. Devils odds is that the game will be played on home ice on Wednesday night. Even though they play at home in the East, New Jersey’s 1-5-1 record at the Prudential Center this month is merely 11th worst.