New Jersey Devils (5-5-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-3)
|Date & Time||Monday November 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -205 / New Jersey Devils +155 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New Jersey Devils look to shake out of their ugly road losing skid as they head into Pittsburgh to face off against the Penguins on Monday.
The Devils have hit a rough patch as they have slipped in 6 of their last 7 games overall and have yet to win a game on the road this season that pushes their mark to 0-8 in their last 8 away from home dating back to last season. If that wasn’t bad enough, things get worse for them here as they take on one of the league’s best teams in Pittsburgh where the Devils have had tons of issues over the years and are in the midst of a stretch of a 5-14 record in their last 19 trips to Pittsburgh. The Devils will have Corey Schneider in the crease as he made his season debut over the weekend and he is expected to face off against Matt Murray who hasn’t had a spectacular start to the season despite having 4 wins to his name thus far.
The Penguins are coming off a tough loss at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs as they were blanked by a 5-0 final and now they must regroup against a divisional foe in the Devils on Monday night. Pittsburgh has struggled lately against Metro division opponents as they are just 1-4 in their last 5 contests but they are at home here where they have been absolutely dominant over the last few seasons and should have their way against a Devils side who struggles on the road. The Pens are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals but their 1-5 mark in their last 6 against Eastern Conference opponents is a cause for concern.
The Devils are 1-6 in their last 7 overall and 16-35 in their last 51 Monday games while the Pens are 14-5 in their last 19 at home against the Devils and 100-40 in their last 140 home games. New Jersey has some nice pieces but not nearly enough to keep up with the Pens and while Murray isn’t great he should do enough to keep the Devils anemic offense at bay.