NHL Hockey Betting:  Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The New Jersey Devils have been in horrible form over the past month and have slipped to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. The Devils have 35 points on the year which puts them a point behind the New York Islanders and four points back of the Carolina Hurricanes. The only team with a worse record than the Devilsa re the Buffalo Sabres who are 13-15-8 for 34 points. The Bruins are playing fairly well at the moment and have joined the mix at the top of the Atlantic Division. The Montreal Canadiens hold down first place with 50 points with the Ottawa Senators and Bruins tied for second with 44 points. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in third place two points behind Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in fourth with 41 and the Florida Panthers are next with 40 points. It’s a very competitive mix at the top of the division and so far Boston is holding their own.

The Bruins enter this contest on a two game winning streak beating Buffalo in both ends of a home and home series and have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. They’re doing the same strange thing they’ve done in every year of late–playing better on the road (11-6-4) than at home (9-9-0). The Devils, meanwhile, have been capable at home (9-4-2) than at home (5-12-5). The Devils are coming in off a loss in their last game, losing at home 6-2 to the Washington Capitals. They’ve only won two of their last 12 games overall and there’s little to suggest that they’ll get things turned around anytime soon.

The Bruins have won 6 of the last 7 head to head meetings including 2 of the last 3 in Newark. The Devils have been horrible when stepping up in class this year going 4-14 -8.7 units against opponents with winning records. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 12-7 +2.6 units in their games against teams under .500. The Bruins haven’t done particularly well when coming in off a big win–after a win by 2 of more in their previous game they’re just 3-6 on the season. Despite New Jersey’s decent play at home this year it’s hard to make a case for the Devils at this point–particularly with their weak scoring attack against Tuukka Rask.