Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils Preview – Jan 8th

Article offers commentary on tonight’s NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils.

The Boston Bruins are slight favorites to win on the road on Friday night (7pm ET) in a game against the New Jersey Devils. Boston enter the game at -120 (5/6) on the money line with numerous sportsbooks, including bet365 and William Hill. Those two firms offer the same odds on the underdog Devils, a team that enter Friday night priced at EVEN odds on home ice.

Both teams are in position to challenge for a playoff spot in their respective divisions. However, so far this season they have both looked rather mediocre. In order to become convincing playoff hopefuls, each team will need to win several games over the next few weeks.

On head-to-heads, it’s Boston with a win in their season series. The two teams met just ahead of Christmas, a game that the Bruins hosted and won 2-1. However, Friday’s game is one that New Jersey appear to have an edge in, even as they travel to B-town for the matchup.

Boston are a below par team when playing on home ice. A record of 9-11-2 does not make the grade in the NHL when hosting. Conversely, New Jersey is a pretty strong team on the road as they are better than .500 when visiting on the year at 11-7-2.

Furthermore, Boston are a team that have struggled offensively of late. They put up a 7-goal performance against the Ottawa Senators recently, but aside from that the Bruins have not been scoring much. The Devils appear poised to win a low-scoring affair where goals could be at a premium.

Betting recommendations are for New Jersey to win straight up with bet365 and to take the UNDER for total goals at 4.5 (-107) with 888Sport.