New Jersey Devils (4-2-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 28, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -172 / New Jersey Devils +156 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Devils look to spoil the party in Pittsburgh on Tuesday while the Penguins look to keep pace in the Metro with a win.
The Devils have gotten themselves out to quite a respectable start this season as they're 4-2-2 through their first 8 contests and sport an impressive 4-1 record away from home where they'll be on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils have taken a different approach to this season as they have blended a nice balance of youth and experience with guys like Damien Brunner and Adam Henrique getting thrown in with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr and so far the formula has worked. New Jersey should definitely be a team to watch in the Eastern Conference as they have a playoff pedigree that other teams envy and a goaltender in Corey Schneider who is finally getting his chance to be an every day starter in the NHL. The Devils will look to continue their strong road play tonight against a Penguins team looking to get rolling after splitting their first four games at home.
The Penguins are among a handful of teams in the league that get ridiculous odds when playing at home and for good reason as they simply play that much better at the Consol Energy Center. Sidney Crosby and company are in line for another strong season that will almost certainly be accompanied by a berth in the playoffs but how they succeed under a new regime and without some key pieces from years past remains to be seen. Marc-Andre Fleury is playing well between the pipes and with Thomas Greiss being a strong number two who is certainly pushing Fleury to be better you can expect the Pens' goalkeeping issues to resolve this season. The line here is tough as New Jersey has the talent to beat Pittsburgh even at home but I think top to bottom the Pens are the better team and should be treated as such. I think Pittsburgh plays a strong contest here for 60 minutes and win this one in regulation.