The Pittsburgh Penguins, spearheaded by Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, are set to take the ice against Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in a Metropolitan Division showdown. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, and it will be televised live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils Odds
Pittsburgh (-120) is currently the favorite over New Jersey (+100), and the oddsmakers at draftkings have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-120 money on the under, +100 on the over).
Pittsburgh is 10-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 10 of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. The Pens are 4-4 SU as an away team in 2019-20.
Pittsburgh has converted on just 13.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. Having said that, it has the second-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off a whopping 88.1 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 24.7 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Matt Murray (9-6-2) has been the primary option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If it decides to rest him, however, Pittsburgh might go with Tristan Jarry (1-3 record, .929 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average).
New Jersey is 5-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 10 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 2-7 SU as the home team.
The Devils have converted on just 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all penalties.
MacKenzie Blackwood has stopped 24.1 shots per game as the top netminder in the crease for the Devils. Blackwood has five wins, seven losses, and three overtime losses to his name and has recorded a pedestrian 2.94 goals against average and a subpar .895 save percentage this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
NHL Tip: Devils, O/U – Over
40.0 percent of New Jersey’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 2-8 overall in games decided by at least two scores) while 60.0 percent of Pittsburgh’s wins have come by two goals or more (6-5 overall in games decided by at least two goals).
The Devils are 2-6 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-9 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
The under has hit in four of New Jersey’s last five outings.
Pittsburgh skaters have averaged 11.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 10.1 giveaways per game (ranked 15th in the NHL).
New Jersey skaters have averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 7.9 giveaways per game (the 3rd-fewest in the league).
Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the league’s second-most hits per game (28.9), but the team’s averaged just 25.6 hits over their last five away games.