New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) skates past the Devils’ Brian Boyle (11) and head coach John Hynes, center (in suit), after being replaced during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) skates past the Devils’ Brian Boyle (11) and head coach John Hynes, center (in suit), after being replaced during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)|Associated Press
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NHL: Devils @ Bruins, 7 p.m.

TV: NESN, MSG+, DirectTV 769, 770

Craig Dietel

Craig Dietel

Devils (12-16-7) +175 @ Bruins -(20-13-4) -210

Pick: Bruins money line -210

This pick is as easy as it could get. Thursday morning the Devils announced that F Taylor Hall will be out of the lineup a lower body injury, accompanying F Marcus Johansson, who is also day-to-day, in the press box. At this point, everyone knows the Devils have been under-performing this season but without their first- and second-line left-wingers, the team is lacking even more scoring punch up front than normal. This is going to be a very difficult game for the Devils to stay competitive in, let alone win without those two. Rookie G Mackenzie Blackwood will get another nod in goal but he can only do so much behind the Devils lackluster defense.

F Patrice Bergeron is back from a rib injury for the Bruins, joining F David Pastrnak and F Brad Marchand on the top line, a deadly trio that puts up points every game. Look for them to light it up here. We love the Bruins in this one.

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