NHL Hockey Picks: January 29th 2013
New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins
Pick: Under 5 goals
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At the age of 40, it would only be natural for Martin Brodeur to show a noticeable decline in his play. Well, Marty might just be unnatural, because he’s still getting the job done as well as any net-minder in the league. Brodeur is 3-0-1 with a 1.69 GAA average so far this season.
After going 3-0 to start the season, and playing three straight low scoring games, the Devils lost to Montreal in overtime on Sunday, and Brodeur allowed four goals on 32 shots. Marty won’t be happy with that result, and he will be sure to let his teammates know about it, after New Jersey was out-shot 32-25.
The Devils will be in Boston on Tuesday, taking on the Bruins who are on the back end of a back to back after playing the Hurricanes last night. That game was a high scoring affair, with starting goalie Tukka Rask sitting out, resting up for this game against the Devils. Prior to last night’s game, the Bruins were the only team in the NHL yet to allow a power-play goal. While they have been great killing penalties, the Bruins had been terrible on the power-play, scoring just once in 17 tries on the man-advantage before last night.
Tukka Rask has been very impressive between the pipes for the Bruins, going 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA average in four starts this season. He has a big strong defensive unit playing in front of him, making Boston a very difficult team to score against.
The Bruins will be the favorite at home on Tuesday, and they have seen the total go under at a rate of 6-0-1 in their last seven such situations. Both these teams rank in the top 5 in the NHL in goals allowed, so don’t expect to see a lot of scoring in this matchup.
Take the UNDER.
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