With just five games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Bruins have usurped New York Islanders for third place in the MassMutual East Division standings. Boston has compiled 68 points and a 31-14-6 overall record through 51 games and it will enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Bruins have won four in a row and are 13-4-1 over their last 18 games.
Meanwhile, the Devils are coming off of a surprising series against the Philadelphia Flyers. New Jersey bounced back from a 10-game slide by winning three in a row before getting shut out against the Bruins on Monday. New Jersey enters with 41 points and a 17-28-7 overall record in 52 contests.
Can the Bruins stay hot on the road against the Devils on Tuesday night?
Bruins move into third place with 3-0 winBoston cooled off the Devils with a 3-0 win on Monday behind a strong defensive performance. Nick Ritchie, Patrice Bergeron, and Matt Grzelcyk all scored goals for the Bruins while Tuukka Rask stopped all 20 shots that he faced to earn his second shutout of the season. With the win, Boston moved into third place in the division race and officially clinched a playoff spot.
Don’t look now but Boston is coming into the playoffs as a potential dark horse Stanley Cup contender. The Bruins are getting stellar goaltending from a trio of netminders and have suddenly found some scoring support for their “Perfection” first line. With a couple of games in hand, Boston still has an outside chance at stealing first place in the division race. It trails Washington and Pittsburgh by just three points by has two games in hand over the Penguins and a game in hand over the Capitals. Speaking of Washington, the Bruins will travel there for a battle with the Capitals on the final night of the regular season in a matchup that could determine the division winner.
Emerging backup Jeremy Swayman is expected to patrol the crease for the Bruins on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old comes in with a 6-2-0 overall record to go along with a 1.62 GAA and .942 save percentage in his first eight career NHL starts. Swayman has allowed two goals or fewer during that span and has posted a stellar .952 save percentage over his last five appearances.
Sharangovic flashing potential down the stretch for New JerseyNew Jersey snapped a three-game winning streak with a tough 3-0 loss versus the red-hot Bruins on Monday night. New Jersey was outshot 42 to 20 on the night and Scott Wedgewood made 39 saves to give the Devils a puncher’s chance in the loss.
Yegor Sharangovic came alive during the team’s recent winning streak and has been one of the bright spots down the stretch. The 22-year-old is having a strong rookie season with 15 goals and 28 points in 50 contests. In the last three games against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sharangovic tallied five goals, including two power-play goals. Sharangovic has scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) over his last 10 games, not bad for a former fifth-round pick.
After getting the night off on Monday, Devils are expected to call upon starter Mackenzie Blackwood for Tuesday’s contest. Blackwood comes in with a 12-16-4 overall record to go along with a 3.05 GAA and .902 save percentage in 32 starts. The 24-year-old should come in with plenty of confidence after winning three straight starts. He’s also had success against the Bruins this season, going 3-0-2 with a 1.72 GAA and .950 save percentage in those matchups.
- Bruins are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. East.
- Bruins are 6-2 in their last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Bruins are 46-16 in their last 62 Tuesday games.
- Devils are 17-35 in their last 52 overall.
- Devils are 17-35 in their last 52 Tuesday games.
- Devils are 21-44 in their last 65 games as an underdog.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Bettors don’t really have a choice here. With so much left to play for, the Bruins have to be the pick in this spot. Not only is Blackwood due for some regression after winning three straight starts but he’s also posted an eye-popping 3-0-2 record and .950 save percentage in five games against the Bruins this season. He should meet his matchup against an equally-hot goaltender in Swayman on the toher side and the Bruins have been heating up as of late, scoring three goals or more in 10 of their last 12 games. Take Boston to cover the puck line in this matchup on Tuesday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
It’s hard not to like anything but the under in this game. It doesn’t seem to matter who is between the pipes for the Bruins, as they have three goaltenders playing at a very high level right now. Swayman has been arguably the hottest of the bunch, posting a 1.64 GAA over his first eight career NHL starts. Meanwhile, Blackwood also comes into this game riding a hot streak. He’s won three straight games and has strong numbers against the Bruins this season, which bodes well for a low-scoring affair here. Take this matchup to stay under the projected total on Tuesday night.