Pittsburgh Penguins (29-21-3) at New Jersey Devils (26-16-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 3, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils meet Saturday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 26 goals, Sidney Crosby has 39 assists and Phil Kessel has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 84 goals on 889 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 38 goals on 472 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The New Jersey Devils need a victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 18 goals, Will Butcher has 27 assists and Nico Hischier has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 96 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 44 goals on 424 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in eight straight games.
The Penguins are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 91-43 in their last 134 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Devils are 26-54 in their last 80 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The Penguins are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings in New Jersey, 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 25-8 in the last 33 meetings.
The home team has dominated this series overall, but these two clubs are heading in different directions right now that it's hard to make a case for the Devils. The Pittsburgh Penguins may be on the end of a back to back, but they're stringing off wins in a big way, just gaied a win Friday over their rival and have to be feeling good about themselves. Not to mention the Penguins have scored a combined 26 goals in the last five meetings against the Devils. Put me down for the road team here.