NHL Hockey Betting: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

NHL Hockey Betting:  Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

Eastern Conference action tonight as the Boston Bruins try to hold on to their tenuous playoff grasp as they travel to Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins have had a rough couple of weeks and have gone from the Atlantic Division lead to their current position where they’re at real risk of missing the playoffs altogether. Boston is currently the #3 team in the Atlantic but with just 88 points they have no margin for error should they be caught by the fourth place Detroit Red Wings. At the moment, their point total would push Philadelphia (back) out of the playoff picture but the Flyers would be just one point behind Boston–and in much better form with a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 games.

The New Jersey Devils aren’t ‘officially’ eliminated from the playoffs though it would take a lot of work on their part at this point as well as some monumental collapses by the teams ahead of them. New Jersey is 5-4-1 in their last ten games and with 80 points and six games remaining would need so much to work out in their favor (starting with the Devils winning most of their remaining games in regulation) that it’s not even worth speculating about. Goaltending phenom Scott Wedgewood gets the night off tonight–he’s earned it with a 2-1-1 record and a 1.24 goals against average in his first four NHL games–and that will give backup Keith Kinkaid a chance to make a claim to keep his job. Kinkaid isn’t a bad goalie at all but he’s gone from expecting to take over the #1 job with starter Cory Schneider sidelined to watching Wedgewood put up Martin Broduer-esque numbers.

A lot of the numbers point to Boston here. They’ve won 6 of the last 8 head to head against New Jersey including 3 of 4 in Newark. They’ve won both games played this season including a 4-1 win on New jersey home ice on January 8. They’re also in a nasty lookahead spot with trips to St. Louis and Chicago on deck. I haven’t been sold on this Boston team all year so I’ll take a shot with the hard trying Devils as home dogs.