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#47 Boston Bruins -155 vs.
#48 New Jersey Devils 6
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Prudential Center, Newark
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams as the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils will face off at about 7:00 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Prudential Center.

Goalie Matchup: The Bruins will counter withTuukka Rask (8-2-2, 2.14 GAA) and the Devils will counter with Mackenzie Blackwood (7-4-3, 2.79 GAA).

Bruins Look To Get Back On Track

So far this season, the Boston Bruins have looked like the best team in the entire league. The Bruins currently have 29 points which is tied for the most in the entire league with the Blues. As a result, the Bruins currently have a three-point cushion for first place in the Atlantic Division over the Canadiens. However, the Bruins enter this game in below average form as they are currently on a two-game losing streak. Now, Boston will look to get back to its winning ways against New Jersey. Luckily, the Bruins already beat the Devils about a month ago so they should be able to get the job done once again in this game.

Leading the Bruins offensively is right-wingerDavid Pastrnak who has looked great this season. He already has 17 goals and 15 assists through the first 20 games of the regular season. As of right now, Pastrnak is in serious contention for the Hart Memorial Trophy and he will look to add to add another solid performance to this season's collection on Tuesday night on the road.

The starting goalie for the Bruins in this game will be Tuukka Rask who has been unbelievable so far this season. He has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.14 GAA and a .927 save percentage. This season, Rask has a 1-0-0 record along with a 0.00 GAA and a 1.000 save percentage against the Devils as he shut them out back on October 12. Now, he will look for another great performance against them on the road.

Devils Look To Extend Winning Streak

So far this season, the New Jersey Devils have looked like a below average team in the Eastern Conference. The Devils currently have 18 points which puts them in a tie for last place in the Metropolitan Division with the Blue Jackets and the Rangers. However, the Devils enter this game in decent form as they are currently on a two-game winning streak. Now, New Jersey will look to extend that winning streak at home on Tuesday despite having just a 3-3-4 record at the Prudential Center. New Jersey had a lot of preseason expectations due to the acquisition of some high-profile names during the offseason. Perhaps they can make enough plays to help the Devils get this victory.

Leading the Devils offensively is left-winger Taylor Hall who has looked pretty good this season. He already has 17 through the first 19 games of the regular season. However, Hall only has found the back of the net twice which is a bit odd due to his elite scoring ability. Now, the former Hart Memorial Trophy will look to lead his team to another victory against one of the best teams in the league.

The starting goalie for the Devils in this game will be Mackenzie Blackwood who has been surprisingly great so far this season. He has a 7-4-3 record with a 2.79 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Last season, Blackwood had a 1-1-0 record along with a 1.52 GAA and a .958 save percentage against the Bruins. Now, he will look to experience similar levels of success against them.

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Boston has been virtually unstoppable throughout this season and it has a huge goalie advantage in this game so I will side with the Bruins. Boston has looked like the best team in the entire Eastern Conference while New Jersey still has a losing record. Plus, New Jersey also has only won three of its first ten home games so the Devils have struggled piecing wins together behind their home crowd. I expect Rask to play really well in net against as the Bruins will overwhelm the Devils with their elite scoring depth. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Boston Bruins

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Both goalies have been playing really well this season so I will take the under. Rask has been amazing up to this point and he is clearly one of the candidates to win the Vezina Trophy as a result so he should play well once again on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Blackwood has also been solid in net with a 2.79 GAA and I think that he will perform well against Boston who has been much better at home that it has been on the road this season. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 3-2. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under

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Boston simply has too many weapons for New Jersey to deal with and I think that it will use its elite speed to give New Jersey's defense some serious issues in the first 20 minutes. Plus, Boston already shutout New Jersey this season so I question just how many scoring chances the Devils will realistically have early on in this game as Rask has been a brick wall in net this season. This game should be close in the first period but I think the Bruins will find a way to get their elite power play unit on the ice which will lead to a goal. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Boston Bruins 1P ML
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.