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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils (37-28-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (42-27-5)
Date & Time Friday March 23, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -190 / New Jersey Devils +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+
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PPG Paints Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for an NHL matchup on Friday.

The New Jersey Devils have followed a three game winning streak with consecutive losses. New Jersey comes off of a 6-2 defeat at the San Jose Sharks where Taylor Hall and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils and Corey Schneider allowed four goals on 14 shots with Keith Kinkaid stopping 9-11 in relief. 

Six different players recorded goals for the Sharks with Eric Fehr, Joe Pavelski, Jannik Hansen, Barclay Goodrow, Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker scoring. Brent Burns logged three assists and Brendan Dillon added two for  San Jose to make a winner of Marin Jones and his 26 saves.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still chasing Washington for first in the Metropolitan and are keeping the pressure on with wins in two of three. Pittsburgh comes off of a 5-3 win versus Montreal where Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Scherbak and Jacob De La Rose scored for the Habs and Carey Price gave up five goals on 39 shots.

The explosive Penguins attack produced scoring from Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby, Derick Brassard and Jake Guentzel. Guentzel and Phil Kessel gave Pittsburgh two helpers each and Casey DeSmith picked up the win with 27 saves.

Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 5-0 in Devils last 5 vs. Metropolitan and under is 6-1 in Devils last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Penguins are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. Devils are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

The Penguins have a realistic opportunity at winning the Metropolitan so I’m looking at them here…

Pick:
Pittsburgh -.5 // will update

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