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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (26-31-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (43-17-9)
Date & Time Friday March 17, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -275 / New Jersey Devils +243 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New Jersey Devils shoot for the upset of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday night NHL hockey.

The Philadelphia Flyers were sky high after defeating their hated rival in the Pittsburgh Penguins but instead of building momentum, the Flyers laid a big egg in a 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils and as a fan I don’t want to hear anything about their record not reflecting the team as a whole because it does. The Devils snapped a ten game slump with strong performances at both ends of the floor with  a big offensive showing leading the way. The NJD received a pair of goals from Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall with Joseph Blandisi and Kyle Palmieri also scoring to make the 18 stops from Keith Kinkaid stand up. The Flyers scoring came off the sticks of Michael Del Zotto and Brayden Schenn but Steve Mason allowed four goals and Michal Neuvirth allowed one.

The Philadelphia Flyers need points and time is running out on them and their playoff drive. However, the Flyers picked up two points at the expense of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-0 count on Wednesday which had to be a momentum boost. The balanced Philadelphia attack featured goals from Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Dale Weiss. The Flyers defense was just as productive with Steve Mason brushing aside 23 shots to pick up the victory as the team ended a three game skid and moving to within five points of the second Wild Card. The Penguins looked a bit flat after an eight day road swing with goalie Matt Murray absorbing the loss with 24 stops  as the Pens could have tied Washington for the points lead with the win.

The Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and the under is 3-0-1 in Devils last 4 vs. a team with a winning record while the Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation. The over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and the  Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games while the Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. The Devils are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the Devils are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Pittsburgh while the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The trends favor the Penguins and the under and I favor Pittsburgh until goalies are confirmed…

Pittsburgh -1 // will update

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