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After starting the season 21-4-1, it looked just like the Recent Jersey Devils were going to run away with the Metropolitan Division as certainly one of the easiest teams within the NHL.
Not only were the Devils cruising, but their underlying metrics were elite. Recent Jersey was one of the best 5-on-5 team through the primary quarter of the season.
Three weeks and one six-game losing streak later, and the Devils have fallen back to earth and at the moment are two points behind the Carolina Hurricanes within the Metropolitan Division.
The Devils were in a position to get off the schneid with a win over Florida on Wednesday, however the task doesn’t get any easier with the league-leading Boston Bruins on the town.
Recent Jersey is a slight +102 home underdog against Boston starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the NHL Network.
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Bruins vs. Devils prediction
Although the Devils have struggled to get results over their last 10 contests, their underlying numbers don’t suggest there’s all that much unsuitable with how they’re playing. Recent Jersey isn’t posting the pace-setting numbers it did through Thanksgiving, but it surely’s still skating to the fifth-best expected goals rate and high-danger scoring probability rate within the league over its last 10 contests.
Those numbers should help ease any sense of panic that Recent Jersey could proceed to fall back further into the pack as we head toward the Recent 12 months.
So if Recent Jersey remains to be tilting the ice in the appropriate direction, what’s the difficulty for the Devils?
For one thing, the Devs are struggling to seek out the back of the online like they did after they were rolling. Recent Jersey has scored just nine goals in its last five games, and 4 of those tallies got here in a 4-2 victory over Florida on Wednesday. Over their last 10 games, the Devils rank twenty fifth within the NHL with a 6.56% shooting percentage.
Moreover, the Devils aren’t getting the goaltending needed to stabilize them. Recent Jersey’s netminders were at all times considered the team’s biggest weakness, and that has began to point out these days because the Devils rank twenty third within the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage over the past 10 games.
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The Bruins, meanwhile, proceed to roll. Boston is 7-1-2 over its last 10 contests and ranks third within the league over that span in expected goals rate and fourth in high-danger probability percentage. The Bruins pace the NHL with a +54 goal differential, which is 25 goals higher than the team in second (Toronto).
But as impressive as Boston has been over its first 31 games of the season, the Bruins are playing on a back-to-back on Friday, while the Devils were off on Thursday night.
The Bruins are the higher team in a vacuum, but that is a great buy-low spot on the Devils, who’re still playing solid hockey but are only not getting the outcomes.
Devils vs. Bruins pick
Recent Jersey Devils +102 (FanDuel)