Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/20/21

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/20/21 Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (14-24-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (28-14-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -300 / New Jersey Devils +250 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Monday night.

The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back from a 5-3 loss to the Rangers in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 25 points including 10 goals and 15 assists while Jesper Bratt also has 25 points with a team-high 20 assists on the year. Ty Smith also has 19 assists for New Jersey while Myles Wood has a team-high 14 goals on the year. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals on 29.6 shots with a 12.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 30.8 shots against with a 70.2% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to bounce back from a surprising 4-2 loss to Buffalo last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 50 points including 17 goals and a team-high 33 assists while Jake Guentzel has 46 points with a team-high 20 goals and 26 assists. Kris Letang has 35 points with 28 assists while Bryan Rust has 34 points split between 17 goals and 17 assists. Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 16 assists and James McCann has 12 goals and 11 assists for his 23 points this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.3 goals on 30 shots with a 22.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.6 shots with a 76.7% kill rate on the PK this season.

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New Jersey is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 7-22 in their last 29 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 21-6 in their last 27 games as a favorite and 39-16 in their last 55 home games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the plus money with the Devils is worth a look as the Devils have a history of playing better on the road this season. However, the Devils appear to have also mailed it in on their season and while a comeback story would be nice, there’s just not enough time to make it happen. Pittsburgh’s trying to build momentum with their perennial trip to the postseason just around the corner, so I’ll back Pittsburgh to get back on track with a win on the puck line here.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -1.5

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

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