New Jersey Devils (14-25-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -270 / New Jersey Devils +239 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to bounce back from a 7-6 loss to the Penguins in their last game. Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt each have a team-high 25 points, but Zacha is out of the lineup indefinitely and Bratt has a team-high 20 assists to lead the Devils. Jack Hughes and Yegor Sharanovich reach have double-digit goal and assist tallies while Myles Wood has. Ateam-high 14 goals on the year. Ty Smith has 19 assists as well 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 with a 70.2% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their win over the Devils last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Pens with 52 points including a team-high 34 assists along with 18 goals while Jake Guentzel has 48 points with a team-high 20 goals and 28 assists. Bryan Rust and Kris Letang each have 36 points with Rust logging 18 goals and 18 assists while Letang has 29 assists. James McCann’s got 25 points with 12 goals and 13 assists and Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 16 assists. As a team, 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% success rate on the PK this season.
New Jersey is 17-35 in their last 52 games overall and 28-75 in their last 103 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Pittsburgh is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 40-16 in their last 56 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The favorite 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case for heavy plus money with certain teams and New Jersey’s been better on the road then at home. However, the Devils are still a mess and are not a team I’m looking to get behind, especially when the Penguins are on the other side. I just don’t think that the Devils can keep up with an offensively elite team like the Penguins. Give me the Penguins on the puck line in this one.