New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/9/21

New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/9/21 Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (25-13-2) at New Jersey Devils (14-18-6)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils +156 / Pittsburgh Penguins -170 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils meet Friday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 17 goals, Sidney Crosby has 29 assists and Bryan Rust has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 70 goals on 743 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 35 goals on 412 shots.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Ty Smith has 17 assists and Jack Hughes has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 64 goals on 701 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 34 goals on 364 shots.

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The Penguins are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Devils are 5-16 in their last 21 games as an underdog and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The under is 9-4 in Penguins last 13 overall. The under is 9-4 in Devils last 13 overall. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost two of the three meetings against the Devils this season, but they've still been comfortably the better team this season and have been money in the favorite role. The New Jersey Devils have had issues stringing together wins this season and haven't provided much value in the underdog role. While the Penguins are on the end of a back to back, you can still argue this price should be steeper. Give me the Penguins and the somewhat reasonable price.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -170

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

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