New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21

New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21 Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (18-11-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-13-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils +133 / Pittsburgh Penguins -153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to get some revenge on the Devils after a 3-2 loss to New Jersey last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 29 points including 11 goals and a team-high 18 assists while Jake Guentzel has 27 points with a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists. Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 16 assists and Kris Letang has 22 points with 17 apples. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.1 goals per game on 29.4 shots per game with an 18.6% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals per game on 29.8 shots against per game with a 74.2% success rate on the PK.

The New Jersey Devils will look to pick up another surprise win over Pittsburgh after Friday’s victory. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 17 points including 7 goals and 10 assists while Jack Hughes has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists. P.K. Subban and Ty Smith each have 14 points with a combined 23 assists between the two while Myles Wood has a team-high 9 goals. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals per game on 29.7 shots against per game with a 14.5% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.1 goals per game on 31.6 shots against per game with a 70.7% kill rate on the PK this season.

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Pittsburgh is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 14-3 in their last 17 games as a favorite while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. New Jersey is 26-66 in their last 92 games against a team with a winning record and 4-12 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 9 games as a home underdog. Pittsburgh is 9-19 in thei last 28 meetings between these two teams in New Jersey.

A home dog is worth a look on most nights, but realistically, this is one of the spots where I can’t look New Jersey’s way. Even though the line feels a bit funny, The Penguins are stll the better team by a fair margin and I just don’t know if the Devils have what it takes to slam the brakes on their cold run and suddenly turn it around against the Penguins. I’ll lay the reasonable price with the Penguins here.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -153

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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